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1918: Mayor E.A. Gerety, indicted on a charge of bribery and acquitted at trial; City Clerk C.Y. Burns, indicted on a charge of embezzlement, also acquitted, and City Treasurer J.E. Crouch, pleaded guilty to a charge of embezzlement.  Crouch was given probation because, the trial judge said, he had been a “catspaw” of politicians.

“Acquit Former Venice Clerk,” Los Angeles Times, May 16, 1918, page II-5

“Probation for Crouch,” Los Angeles Times, January 19, 1918, page I-10

1917: H.B. Eakins, street superintendent and former mayor of Venice, charged with lying to a grand jury investigating graft in that city about a hose cart he had purchased with city money and had refurbished by city workers before sending it to his ranch at Elizabeth Lake. He was acquitted by a jury that deliberated less than half an hour.

“Indicted Man Out on Bonds,” Los Angeles Times, April 7, 1917, page II-10]

“Old Hose Cart in Limelight,” Los Angeles Times, May 12, 1917, page II-10

“Former Mayor Is Acquitted,” Los Angeles Times, May 15, 1917, page II-6]


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