May 16, 1919 in New York history

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102 years ago on May 16th, 1919

Members of the "Russellites" religious sect living in Brooklyn receive reduced sentences after being charged with distributing anti-war materials

The eight men belonged to a Jehovah's Witness sect and had previously been convicted of conspiracy to violate espionage law in a Brooklyn court. At their sentencing in June 1918, each of the eight defendants received 20 years in federal prison, but the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would overturn the decision on grounds that the trial was not sufficiently impartial.


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