Historical Trial-- The People v. Jimmy Hines: Gangsters, Graft and the Runaway Grand Jury

November 29, 2012 6:30 PM

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
425 Lexington Avenue

Join the New York American Inn of Court's historical trial team as they reenact the greatest New York trial melodrama you've never heard of.

During the depths of the Great Depression, Jimmy Hines, as boss of Tammany Hall's Eleventh Assembly District, had access to various sources of wealth and influence. He also developed close ties with mobsters such as Dutch Schultz, whose racket needed protection from arrests and prosecutions. They got it. The resulting corruption scandal and wave of racketeering indictments, driven by a runaway grand jury and by an ambitious young prosecutor, Thomas E. Dewey, rocked the city's law enforcement and judicial branches and prompted a new era of professional ethics in government.

Come watch gangsters, molls, judges, prosecutors and Tammany bosses as they confess misdeeds and pass the blame, with explosive, screwball results. The evening will include special guests, such as attorney Thomas E.L. Dewey and senior prosecutors from the Manhattan DA's office, who will participate in a panel discussion afterwards. Also, historical artifacts of the trial will be on display. It promises to be a fun show. We hope to see you there.

Host: Mary Kay Vyskocil

Cocktails: 5:30 pm
Program: 6:30 to 8:00 pm

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