October 11, 2012
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[Editor’s Note: The following post is by TDV Analyst, Justin O'Connell]
"Some call it bootlegging. Some call it racketeering. I call it a business." – Al Capone
The State Versus Al Capone
When Al Capone rushed back to the court room from his hotel headquarters just in time to hear the jury's verdict, his bald head was sweating as he put on his loud, green suit jacket to accompany his green suit (one of the $135 ones, a New York Times journalist wrote at the time, worth about $2,000 in today’s terms). Judge Wilkerson walked gallantly to his seat and faced the jury.
"Gentlemen," he said, "have you reached a verdict?"