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San Mateo County

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1910–11: Supervisor Daniel E. Blackburn, charged with receiving a bribe over furnishings for the county courthouse in Redwood City. There were two hung juries, both favoring acquittal. Case was dismissed on motion of the district attorney. Blackburn was re-elected while the charges were pending.

Others in another bill of indictment were Supervisors Joseph M. Francis and former Supervisors Carl J. Coburn and Joseph Debenedetti, accused of “conspiracy to defraud the county of San Mateo.”

“Bribery Onus Removed From D.E. Blackburn by Indictment Dismissal,” San Francisco Chronicle, July 25, 1912, page 13

“Charge Changed to Conspiracy,” San Francisco Chronicle, November 8, 1910, page 18


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