Wilmington Dispatch 21 Nov 1919 Bozeman Boys sentenced to Penn
AS DOES TAYLOR The Latter Will Serve Two Years in the Federal Penitentiary. . --; TlIEAWlLMm.GTON-PISPATCH ArTnniAATrniHA uti mm mm The three sons of J. P. Bozeman of Brunswick eounty, arraigned yesterday in United States District court for the Eastern distrist of North Caro lina, were this morning'convicted and sentenced by Ithe Presiding Judge, Hon. Henry G. Connor, to serve two years in the Federal prison at Atlanta on charges of manufacturing illicit -whiskey and twoj years in the same prison on charges of removing and concealing contraband whiskev. The case has excited considerable local interest and comment and the court was filled when the case was concluded. . The case against J. P. Bozeman, father of Tasker. Bozeman, Bable Bozeman and Speice Rjazeman result ed in the aged defendant being discharged. Contrary to general expectations, the jurors were discharged this morning and the case against the three Brunswick county men . was submitted be fore Judge Connor. The morning hour was taken up with hearing the evidence of the United States officers, following which the three Bozemana took the stand on their behalf and entered a sweeping denial to the charges. No arguments were presented to the court, either by United States Dis trict Attorney Warren or Mrs. Rogers of the firm of Rogers and Rogers, renresentine the nlaintiffs. The nres- ence of fclrs. Rogers in the court room excited considerable local interest, since this was the first time that a woman lawyer has ever practiced in district court for the Eastern dis trict Following the conclusion of the case and before he imposed sentence, Judge Connor declared that such things as one family terrorizing-an entire community must cease. He says that public opinion and sentiment will put an end to the practice of the law being disregarded at will, because public sentiment is the law. He regrets the fact that some people appear to have condoned the actions of the Bozeman clan and setting up an illicit still al most at will. The remarks, made by the Judge were followed with closest Interest on the part of people who were in the court room at the .time He then imposed the prison sentence, and In addition imposed a fine of $100 on the defendants.