Friday, February 5, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 5

February 5, 1914 – Martin Flanagan, former chief of police of St. Paul, and Fred Turner, former chief of detectives, on trial the last week for the alleged acceptance of $1,000 from Dottie Hazzard, a former resort keeper, for police protection, were found not guilty today by the jury that had heard the case.

The jury went out shortly before 6 p.m. yesterday, and reached a verdict at 11:13 this morning.

It was not, however, until 11:45 a.m. that the defendants, Flanagan and Turner, were found and brought into the courtroom, where the verdict was read.

Both defendants maintained an indifferent attitude during the reading and at the conclusion offered nothing in the way of a demonstration.

The courtroom was only partly filled at the time. When the words “not guilty” were read, a number of hisses were heard, and Judge Morrison rapped sharply for order.

The indictment of Flanagan and Turner on alleged bribery charges began with the trouble at the home of Willie Wolf when Dottie Hazzard was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct. There was a party in progress at the home of Wolff and in the early morning hours, it was said the Hazzard woman appeared and demanded admittance.

When arrested, she told the court that Wolff had obtained $1,000 in order to pay Flanagan and Turner for police protection and that her visit to Wolff’s home was because of another demand for $200 made by Wolff. This led to the grand jury investigations and indictments against Flanagan, Turner, Wolff and a half dozen women of the underworld.

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Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “St. Paul Jury Acquits Turner and Flanagan. ‘Not Guilty’ Verdict on the Charge of Taking Bribe From Hazzard Woman. Trial Begins Monday on Similar Charge in Connection With Ida Dorsey. Defendants Listen With Bored Air to Reading of the Verdict.”; Feb. 6, 1914; p. 1.

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