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Criminal Law and Law Enforcement in 1930s

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leah krueger

on 12 December 2012

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Transcript of Criminal Law and Law Enforcement in 1930s

Keondre Robinson, Leah Krueger, and
Nate Norris Criminal Law and Law Enforcement in 1930s Major Crimes in 1930s Rape and Murder Facts in the 1930s Relating to Of Mice and Men -Murder/ Manslaughter
-aggravated assault
-larceny (theft of property)
-motor vehicle theft Major Laws in 1930s -Prohibition - illegal to sell, consume, make or possess alcoholic beverages

-Sterilization- to get rid of or institutionalize the " feeble-minded, insane, criminalistic, epileptic, inebriate, diseased, blind, deaf, deformed, and dependent." - murder rate at an all time high in 1933

-Capital Punishment- the death penalty set upon convicted of the crime of rape and/ or murder

-exceptions to the death penalty
-DNA and forensics were not able to be found in this time period
-the two main things in a crime
scene were fingerprinting
( black ink of finger prints found)
and photos
-If no one directly witnessed
the crime it was hard for the
defendant to be convicted
of murder - Lennie was accused of rape in Weed and had a lynching mob set after him
-Lennie was mentally disabled and California Sterilization laws were in effect
- George wont leave Lennie because Lennie could be institutionalized Bonnie and Clyde Case -a murderous couple who committed murders, robberies, and kidnappings from 1932-1934

-all together 13 murders and several robberies, they were wanted fugitives

-the were sentenced to death once caught

- On May 23, 1934 they were caught in Louisiana and shot/killed instantly California in 1930s -the gold rush was known for bringing violence and high crime rates

-convictions of murder resulted in death row
-death row- in line for execution

-many rapes and murders resulted in lynching mobs "Bonnie and Clyde : Investigation Discovery." Bonnie and Clyde : Investigation Discovery. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2012. 1. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT the death penalty
2. GOLD RUSH time in the 1930s causing high crime rates
3. DEATH ROW in-line to be executed
4. LENNIE mentally disabled and looked after by George
5. LYNCHING executions by mobs in the 1930s
6. BONNIE wife of Clyde, the notorious murderer
7. LARCENY theft of property
8. GEORGE protector of Lennie
9. CLYDE husband of notorious murderer
10. STERILIZATION law to send the mentally ill to institutions
11. PROHIBITION illegal to sell, make, consume, or possess alcoholic beverages
12. OF MICE AND MEN written by John Steinbeck, a well-known novel about two workers in California after the Great Depression
13. MURDER the killing of another human species Lynching -punishment or execution, without a verdict, for real or alleged crimes -mobs to the law into their own hands -Local police could not or would not intervene to stop a lynch mob from taking the law into its own hands -One of the most common crimes that lynch mobs tended to was rape of a white woman -late 1930s they took lynching away from most states, including California -not to commit assault, murder, robbery, theft, arson, etc. -fleeing criminals were allowed to be killed or lynched by others before the law
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