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 Al Capone FBI Files

AL CAPONE FBI FILES
 


2,400 pages of files copied from FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., covering Alphonse Capone. Files contain approximately 900 informational pages of memos, letters from the public, miscellany, and newspaper articles. Files chiefly cover racketeering at produce markets in Chicago; Special favors Al Capone received while in federal prison in Atlanta; accounts of bribed prison officials; Capone's transfer to and stay at Alcatraz; and Capone's contempt conviction.

In 1929, the FBI was ordered by the Attorney General to investigate the legitimacy of an affidavit that petitioned for a postponement of Capone's appearance in response to a Federal Grand Jury subpoena. His lawyers formally filed for postponement of his appearance, submitting a physician's affidavit dated March 5, which attested that Capone, in Miami, had been suffering from bronchial pneumonia. The FBI obtained statements to the effect that Capone at that time had attended race tracks in the Miami area, that he had made a plane trip to Bimini and a cruise to Nassau, and that he had been interviewed at the office of the Dade County Solicitor, and that he had appeared in good health on each of those occasions. Capone appeared before the Federal Grand Jury at Chicago on March 20, 1929, and completed his testimony on March 27. As he left the courtroom, he was arrested by Agents for Contempt of Court, an offense for which the penalty could be one year and a $1,000 fine. He posted $5,000 bond and was released. On May 17, 1929, Al Capone and his bodyguard were arrested in Philadelphia for carrying concealed deadly weapons. Within 16 hours they had been sentenced to terms of one year each. Capone served his time and was released in nine months for good behavior on March 17, 1930. On February 28, 1936, Capone was found guilty in Federal Court on the Contempt of Court charge and was sentenced to six months in Cook County Jail
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