Johnny Jack - Trial 1929

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Is the two years of reserve was much port Is of with to San be be this in the of he such It regarding was WITNESSES SAY PLATZEE AND B O Y D O F F E R E D TERMS FOR TESTIMONY. " County Jailer Says He Heard "Scheme'' but Didn't Report Report It. accord re mus of In emphasized derived fl«ht servo the net his the on to which He 5.) Special to The News. Houston, Tex., May 9.--An at:empt at:empt to "frame J. L. (Johnny Jack) Nounes and George Musey ind an effort to induce witnesses to testify asainst the defendants was charged today by Chester ?ontz and John Scirelsky, who testified testified in federal court this afternoon afternoon Qm defense witnesses after the jovernment rested its case. Fontz md Segelsky are serving terms in Leavenworth for convictions resulting resulting from the seizure of the liquor-laden liquor-laden launches the Lena and imperator at Seabrook last June. [t Is In connection with the SVJTW seizure that Nounes and Musey sr.e icing tried on a charge of conspiracy conspiracy to smuggle liquor into lha United States. Chester and Fontz both testified that they were approached hy Lawrence Lawrence Boyd and Harry Platzar, vhose penltenllary sentences and leavy fines were reduced to jail errns with $250 fines, with a proposition proposition that they (Fontz and SeRel- sky) "frame" Nounes and Musey. Both Fontz nnd Sepclsky said that Platzer told them he had "an Influential friend" who would help lighten their terms If th?v would make stalemcnls implicating Mus*»y and Nounes. Both Fontz and Se- RClsky testified that they refused this proposition, and wore told that Mushmack, Boyd and Plotzcr would give evidence against Nounes and MuBcy nevertheless. United States District Attorney H. M. Holden attacked this testimony testimony vigorously on cross-cxamina- lon. He asked the witness why they did not tell the grand lury about :hls attempt "to frame" Nounes and Musey when they anpearr-d licforu that body In February. Fontz, who had fixed the tlnift he said Platzer approached him with the proposition to "frame" Nouncs and Muscy at a data earlier than the session of the Kiand jury, was asked Tlve times · why he did not reveal the "frameup" to tho grand jury. "I told them I didn't know anything," anything," he said once. Fontz continued to *»vado -the* question, fumbled his hand*, and plainly wan disconcerted. Holden persisted with hla questions questions and asked why he Uldn't Ml the grand jury about the "frame- up" when he know they might indict indict Nounes nnd Muse 1 /, und that information about u "t'rnmoup" mlg-ht have saved the two from Indictment. Indictment. Fontz still was unable to explnln his silence, and the court inter- (Contlnued on Page 2, Column 3:)

Clipped from The Galveston Daily News10 May 1929, FriPage 1

The Galveston Daily News (Galveston, Texas)10 May 1929, FriPage 1
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