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Prohibition: George E. Q. Johnson - about his father, who successfully won tax evasion convictions of Al Capone

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United States, Chicago, Illinois, 1999


George „Gene” E. Q. Johnson Jr.

A native of Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood, Gene attended Bryn Mawr Elementary School, University High School, Northwestern University, and Northwestern University Law School. A World War II Veteran, Gene served as a LT Commander in the US Navy. As commanding officer of the USS PC 1243, a “sub chaser,” and Executive Officer of the USS Courage, Gene served in the South Atlantic, North Atlantic, Pacific, South and North China Seas.

Upon returning from military service, Gene began his career as an attorney with his father, specializing in probate law. Having practiced law for well over fifty years, Gene became an authority on probate law and served as a special arbitrator for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office into his 80’s. He was a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations.

Gene was very active in church work and was a past chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr Community Church in Chicago. Gene was also a member of the Harbert Community Church.

Being the son of the man who prosecuted Al Capone, Gene grew up often in the company of federal law enforcement officers assigned to protect his father and family. Later in life, Gene appeared in almost a dozen TV documentaries as attorney/historian dealing with Prohibition and the Al Capone era.

In 1919, the requisite number of legislatures of the States ratified The 18th Amendment to the Federal Constitution, enabling national Prohibition within one year of ratification. Many women, notably the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, had been pivotal in bringing about national Prohibition in the United States of America, believing it would protect families, women and children from the effects of abuse of alcohol.

Prohibition began on January 16, 1920, when the Eighteenth Amendment went into effect. Federal Prohibition agents (police) were given the task of enforcing the law.

Even though the sale of alcohol was illegal, alcoholic drinks were still widely available at "speakeasies" and other underground drinking establishments. Many people also kept private bars to serve their guests. Large quantities of alcohol were smuggled in from Canada, overland and via the Great Lakes.

While the government cracked down on alcohol consuption on land it was a different story on the water where they argued that ships outside the 3 mile limit were exempt. Needless to say, this technicality was exploited by everyone including the State owned shipping line.

Legal and illegal home brewing was popular during Prohibition. Limited amounts of wine and hard cider were permitted to be made at home. Some commercial wine was still produced in the U.S., but was only available through government warehouses for use in religious ceremonies, mainly for communion. "Malt and hop" stores popped up across the country and some former breweries turned to selling malt extract syrup, ostensibly for baking and "beverage" purposes.

Whiskey could be obtained by prescription from medical doctors. The labels clearly warned that it was strictly for medicinal purposes and any other uses were illegal, but even so doctors freely wrote prescriptions and drug-stores filled them without question, so the number of "patients" increased dramatically. No attempt was made to stop this practice, so many people got their booze this way. Over a million gallons were consumed per year through freely given prescriptions.

Because Prohibition banned only the manufacturing, sale, and transport - but not possession or consuming of alcohol, some people and institutions who had bought or made liquor prior to the passage of the 18th Amendment were able to continue to serve it throughout the prohibition period legally.

Even prominent citizens and politicians later admitted to having used alcohol during Prohibition. President Harding kept the White House well stocked with bootleg liquor, though, as a Senator, he had voted for Prohibition. This discrepancy between legality and actual practice led to widespread comtempt for authority. Over time, more people drank illegally and so money ended up in gangsters' pockets. Arguments raged over the effectiveness of prohibition. It appears to have been successful in some parts of the country but overall led to an increase in lawlessness.

Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947) was an Italian-American gangster who led a Prohibition-era crime syndicate. Known as the "Capones", the group was dedicated to smuggling and bootlegging liquor, and other illegal activities such as prostitution, in Chicago from the early 1920s to 1931.

Born in Brooklyn, New York to Italian immigrants, Capone became involved with gang activity at a young age after being expelled from school at age 14.[1] In his early twenties, he moved to Chicago to take advantage of a new opportunity to make money smuggling illegal alcoholic beverages into the city during Prohibition. He also engaged in various other criminal activities, including bribery of government figures and prostitution. Despite his illegitimate occupation, Capone became a highly visible public figure. He made various charitable endeavors using the money he made from his activities, and was viewed by many to be a "modern-day Robin Hood".[2]

However, Capone gained infamy when the public discovered his involvement in the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, which resulted in the death of seven of Capone's rival gang members.[3] Capone's reign ended when he was found guilty of tax evasion, and sent to federal prison. His incarceration included a stay at Alcatraz federal prison. In the final years of Capone's life, his mental and physical health deteriorated rapidly due to neurosyphilis, a disease which he had contracted several years before. On January 25, 1947, he died from cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke.

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Arabic :

الكحول، والمواطن، الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، الولايات المتحدة، حظر، تخزين الكحول، وشرب الكحول، والنوادي الليلية، التقطير، الاتجار بعصابات التهريب، بوتليجير، عداء الروم، شواطئ، ال كابوني، آب روحي، وشريك، وشرطي، شيكاغو، الراعي المتنافسة، والألمانية، عصابة الحرب، القضاة الاتحاديين، والسجن، والسجن، هاء-جورج س. جونسون، النائب في القانون، ووالده الذي فاز بنجاح إدانة كابوني التهرب من دفع الضرائب،,

Bulgarian :

алкохол, гражданин, САЩ, Съединените щати, забрана, Стая за съхранение на алкохол, пиене на алкохол, нощни клубове, дестилерии, трафика банди, контрабанда, bootlegger, ром бегач, брегове, Ал Капоне, Кръстникът, съучастник, полицай, Чикаго, съперник, немски овчар, Gang война, федералните съдии, затвор, лишаване от свобода, Джордж д. р. Джонсън, адвокат в закон, баща му, който успешно спечели укриването присъди на Ал Капоне, ,

Catalan :

l'alcohol, ciutadà, USA, Estats Units, prohibició, emmagatzematge d'alcohol, beure alcohol, discoteques, destil·leries, tràfic Quinquis, contraban, bootlegger, corredor de ROM, costes, Al Capone, padrí, còmplice, policia, Chicago, pastor alemany, rival, banda de la guerra, els jutges federals, presó, presó, George E. p. Johnson, fiscal en dret, el seu pare, que amb èxit guanyat conviccions d'evasió d'impostos Al Capone, ,

Chinese Simplified :

酒精, 公民, 美国, 美国, 禁止, 酒精储藏, 酒精饮用, 夜总会, 酒厂, 贩卖团伙, 走私, 头子, 兰姆酒赛跑者, 海岸, Al 卡彭, 教父, 同犯, 警察, 芝加哥, 敌手, 德国牧羊人, 帮派战争, 联邦法官, 监狱, 监禁, 乔治 e.q. 约翰逊, 法律律师, 他的父亲, 谁成功地赢得了逃税的信念, 铝卡彭, ,

Chinese Traditional :

酒精, 公民, 美國, 美國, 禁止, 酒精儲藏, 酒精飲用, 夜總會, 酒廠, 販賣團夥, 走私, 頭子, 蘭姆酒賽跑者, 海岸, Al 卡彭, 教父, 同犯, 員警, 芝加哥, 敵手, 德國牧羊人, 幫派戰爭, 聯邦法官, 監獄, 監禁, 喬治 e.q. 詹森, 法律律師, 他的父親, 誰成功地贏得了逃稅的信念, 鋁卡彭, ,

Czech :

alkohol, občane, USA, Spojené státy, zákaz, skladování alkoholu, pití alkoholu, noční kluby, lihovary, obchodování s gangy, pašování, pašerák, Rum běžec, břehy, Al Capone, Kmotr, komplic, policista, Chicago, soupeř, německý ovčák, gang války, federální soudce, vězení, vězení, George E. Q. Johnson, advokát v právu, jeho otec, který úspěšně získal daňových úniků odsouzení Al Capone, ,

Danish :

alkohol, borger, USA, USA, forbud, alkohol opbevaring, alkoholindtagelse, natklubber, destillerier, handel med bander, smugleri, Booties, Rum Runner, kyster, Al Capone, godfather, medskyldig, politimand, Chicago, rivaliserende, tysk hyrde, bande krigen, føderale dommere, fængsel, fængsling, George E. Q. Johnson, advokat i loven, hans Fader, der med held vandt skatteunddragelse domfældelse af Al Capone, ,

Dutch :

alcohol, burger, USA, Verenigde Staten, verbod, alcohol opslag, alcohol drinken, nachtclubs, distilleerderijen, mensenhandel bendes, smokkel, bootlegger, Rum Runner, kusten, Al Capone, peetvader, medeplichtige, politieagent, Chicago, rivaal, Duitse herder, bende oorlog federale rechters, gevangenis, gevangenisstraf, George E. v. Johnson, advocaat in wet, zijn vader, die met succes won belastingontduiking veroordelingen van Al Capone, ,

Estonian :

alkoholi, kodanik, USA, USA, keeld, alkoholi ladustamise, alkoholi joomine, ööklubid, alkoholitootjad, inimkaubandusega tegelevate jõukude, salakaubavedu, bootlegger, rummi jooksja, kalda, Al Capone, ristiisa, osavõtja, politseinik, Chicago, rivaal, saksa lambakoer, jõugu sõda, ametlikult algab föderaalkohtunike, vangla vangistus, George E. Q. Johnson, advokaat õiguses, oma isa, kes edukalt võitis Al Capone maksudest kõrvalehoidumise veendumuste, ,

Finnish :

alkoholi, kansalainen USA, Yhdysvallat, kielto, alkoholin varastointi, alkoholin juominen, yökerhot, tislaamot, ihmiskaupan jengit, salakuljetus, Piraatin puujalka, Rum Runner, rannat, Al Capone, Kummisetä, rikoskumppani, poliisi, Chicago, kilpailija, Saksan paimen, jengi sota, liittovaltion tuomarit, vankila vankeuteen, George E. k. Johnson, asianajaja laissa, hänen isänsä, joka onnistuneesti voitti veronkierron tuomioita Al Capone, ,

French :

alcool, citizen, é.-u., États-Unis, interdiction, stockage d’alcool, alcool, boîtes de nuit, distilleries, traite des gangs, de contrebande, trafiquant d’alcool, rhum Runner, rives, Al Capone, parrain, complice, policier, Chicago, Berger rival, allemand, gang de guerre, les juges fédéraux, prison, prison, George E. Q. Johnson, avocat en droit, son père, qui a avec succès gagné condamnations de fraude fiscale d’Al Capone, ,

German :

Alkohol, Citizen, USA, Vereinigte Staaten, Verbot, Alkohol Lagerung, Alkohol zu trinken, Diskotheken, Brennereien, Menschenhandel Banden, Schmuggel, Schmuggler, Rum Runner, Ufer, Al Capone, Pate, Komplize, Polizist, Chicago, Rivale, Deutscher Schäferhund, Bande, Krieg, Bundesrichter, Gefängnis, Gefängnis, George E. f. Johnson, Rechtsanwalt in Gesetz, sein Vater, der erfolgreich Steuerhinterziehung Überzeugungen von Al Capone gewann, ,

Greek :

αλκοόλ, πολίτη, ΗΠΑ, Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες, απαγόρευσης, Αποθήκευση αλκοόλ, κατανάλωση αλκοόλ, νυχτερινά κέντρα, αποστακτήρια, εμπορία συμμορίες, λαθρεμπόριο, λαθρέμπορος οινοπνευματώδων, ρούμι δρομέας, ακτές, Αλ Καπόνε, Νονός, συνεργός, αστυνομικός, Σικάγο, αντίπαλος, Γερμανικός Ποιμενικός, συμμορία πόλεμο, ομοσπονδιακών δικαστών, φυλακή, ποινή φυλάκισης, Γεώργιος ε. ε. Johnson, δικηγόρος στο δίκαιο, τον πατέρα, ο οποίος κέρδισε με επιτυχία φοροδιαφυγής καταδίκες του Αλ Καπόνε, ,

Haitian Creole :

alkòl, sitwayen, nan Etazini, Etazini, entèdiksyon, alkòl nan depo, bwè alkòl, bwatdenwi, distilleries, trafik gang, kontrebann, bootlegger, ak wonm solèy, shores, Al Capone, arenn, konplis, polisye, Chicago, rival, Alman Shepherd, klik lagè, jij federal, prizon, anpwizònman, George e Q. Johnson, avoka nan lalwa, papa l, ki genyen anpil siksè kapab detounman taks ki Al Capone, ,

Hebrew :

אלכוהול, אזרח, ארה ב, ארצות הברית, איסור, אלכוהול אחסון, שתיית אלכוהול, מועדוני לילה, ידי חיבור מאובטח, סחר כנופיות, הברחות, שתיין, רום ראנר, חופי, Al קאפונה, הסנדק, שותף, השוטר, שיקגו, המתחרה, גרמני רועה, חבורה מלחמה שופט פדרלי, מאסר, מאסר, ג'ורג ש א ג'ונסון, התובע במשפט, אביו, שזכה בהצלחה העלמת מס הרשעות אל קפונה, ,

Hindi :

शराब, नागरिक, अमेरिका, संयुक्त राज्य अमेरिका, निषेध, शराब भंडारण, शराब पीने, नाइटक्लब, डिस्टलरी, तस्कर गिरोह, तस्करी, bootlegger, रम धावक, तटों, अल कपोन, गॉडफादर, साथी, पुलिस, शिकागो, प्रतिद्वंद्वी, जर्मन शेफर्ड, गिरोह युद्ध, संघीय ंयायाधीशों, जेल, कारावास, जॉर्ज ई. क्यू जॉनसन, कानून में अटार्नी, उसके पिता, जो सफलतापूर्वक अल कपोन के कर चोरी सजा जीत, ,

Hungarian :

alkohol, citizen, USA, Amerikai Egyesült Államok, tilalom, alkoholt tároló, alkoholfogyasztás, éjszakai, szeszfőzde, csempészbandák, csempészet, Félfalábbal, Rum Runner, partok, Al Capone, Keresztapa, cinkosa, rendőr, Chicago, rivális, Német Pásztor, banda háború, szövetségi bírók, a börtön szabadságvesztés, George E. k. Johnson, ügyvéd, jog, az apja, aki sikeresen megnyerte az adócsalás ítéletek, Al Capone, ,

Indonesian :

alkohol, warga negara, USA, Amerika Serikat, larangan, Penyimpanan alkohol, minum alkohol, klub malam, distilleries, perdagangan geng, penyelundupan, bootlegger, Rum Runner, pantai, Al Capone, godfather, pembantu, polisi, Chicago, saingan, Jerman gembala, geng perang, hakim federal, penjara, penjara, George E. t. Johnson, pengacara hukum, ayahnya, yang berhasil memenangkan penghindaran pajak keyakinan Al Capone, ,

Italian :

alcol, cittadino, USA, Stati Uniti, divieto, deposito di alcool, bere alcool, discoteche, distillerie, traffico di bande, contrabbando, contrabbandiere, Rum Runner, rive, Al Capone, Padrino, complice, poliziotto, Chicago, pastore tedesco, rivale, gang guerra, giudici federali, prigione, carcere, George E. d. Johnson, avvocato, suo padre, che con successo ha vinto l'evasione fiscale convinzioni di Al Capone, ,

Japanese :

アルコール、市民、アメリカ、アメリカ合衆国、禁止、アルコール ストレージ、飲酒、ナイトクラブ、蒸留所、人身売買ギャング、密輸、密売、ラム酒のランナー、海岸、アル カポネ、ゴッドファーザー、共犯者、警官、シカゴ、ライバルは、ドイツの羊飼いギャング戦争、連邦裁判所判事、刑務所、懲役、ジョージ e. Q. ジョンソン、弁護士法で、アル ・ カポネの脱税の有罪判決を獲得、彼の父親は、,

Korean :

알코올, 시민, 미국, 미국, 금지, 알코올 저장, 알코올 음주, 나이트 클럽, 양조장, 밀매 조직, 밀수, 밀매 자, 럼 러너, 해안, 알 카 포 네, 대 부, 공 범, 경찰관, 시카고, 경쟁, 독일 양치기, 갱 전쟁, 연방 판사, 감옥, 투 옥, 조지 E. Q. 존슨, 변호사 법에, 성공적으로 알 카포네의 탈세 신념 원, 그의 아버지, ,

Latvian :

alkohols, pilsonis, ASV, Amerikas Savienotās valstis, aizliegums, alkohola uzglabāšanas, alkohola dzeršanu, naktsklubos, spirta rūpnīcām, tirdzniecība bandas, kontrabanda, bootlegger, ruma skrējējs, krastos, Al Capone, krusttēvs, līdzdalībnieks, policists, Chicago, pretinieku, vācu aitusuns bandu, kara, federālās tiesnešiem, cietumu, ieslodzījumu, George E. Q. Johnson, advokāts likums, viņa tēvs, kurš veiksmīgi uzvarēja nodokļu nemaksāšanu notiesāšanu Al Capone, ,

Lithuanian :

alkoholis, pilietis, JAV, Jungtinių Amerikos Valstijų, draudimas, alkoholio saugojimo, alkoholio vartojimas, naktiniai klubai, distiliavimo gamyklas, prekybos žmonėmis nusikalstamomis grupuotėmis, kontrabanda, bootlegger, Romas takelis, kranto Al Capone, krikštatėvis, bendrininkas, policininkas, Chicago, varžovų, vokiečių aviganis, Blackjack karo, federalinių teisėjų, kalėjimas, laisvės atėmimas, George E. k. Johnson, advokatui, jo tėvas, kuris sėkmingai laimėjo mokesčių vengimo įsitikinimus, Al Capone, ,

Norwegian :

alkohol, borger, USA, USA, forbud, alkohol lagring, alkohol drikking, nattklubber, destillerier, smugling gjenger, smugling, bootlegger, Rum Runner, strender, Al Capone, Gudfaren, medskyldig, politimann, Chicago, rival, tysk Shepherd, gjengen krig, føderale dommere, fengsel, fengsel, George E. Q. Johnson, advokat i lov, hans far, som har vunnet skatteunndragelse overbevisning for Al Capone, ,

Romanian :

alcool, cetăţean, Statele Unite ale Americii, Statele Unite, interzicerea, stocare de alcool, consumul de alcool, cluburi de noapte, distilerii, traficului de bandele, contrabandă, bootlegger, ROM Runner, malul, Al Capone, naşul, complice, poliţist, Chicago, rivale, German Shepherd, Gang war, judecătorii federali, închisoare, închisoare, George E. Q. Johnson, avocat în lege, tatăl său, care a castigat cu succes condamnări de evaziune fiscală de Al Capone, ,

Russian :

алкоголь, гражданин США, Соединенные Штаты, запрет, хранения спирта, алкоголя, ночные клубы, винокуренные заводы, людьми банд, контрабанда, бутлегеров, ром бегун, берегов, Аль Капоне, Крестный отец, сообщник, полицейский, Чикаго, соперник, Немецкая овчарка, банды войны, федеральных судей, тюрьма, тюремное заключение, Джордж э. Q. Джонсон, адвокат в законе, его отец, который успешно выиграл уклонения убеждения Аль Капоне, ,

Slovenian :

alkohol, državljan, ZDA, ZDA, prepoved, skladiščenje alkohola, pitje alkohola, nočnih klubih, destilarne, trgovina tolpe, tihotapljenje, kluba, Rum Runner, obale, Al Capone, boter, sostorilec, policist, Chicago, tekmec, nemški ovčar, banda vojne, zvezni sodniki, zapora, zapora, George E. v. Johnson, odvetnik v pravo, njegov oče, ki je uspešno osvojil davčnih utaj obsodbe Al Capone, ,

Turkish :

alkol, vatandaş, USA, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri, yasak, alkol depolama, alkol, gece kulüpleri, içki kaçakçılığı, taciri, ROM Runner, sahiller, Al çeteler, ticareti, Capone, vaftiz babası, suç ortağı, polis, Chicago, rakip, Alman çoban, çete savaşı, federal Yargıç, hapishane, hapis, George E. s. Johnson, hukuk avukat, başarıyla Al Capone vergi kaçırma mahkumiyet kazandı, babası,

Vietnamese :

rượu, công dân, Hoa Kỳ, Hoa Kỳ, Cấm, rượu lí, uống rượu, câu lạc bộ đêm, chưng cất, buôn bán băng nhóm buôn lậu, bootlegger, Rum Runner, shores, Al Capone, bố già, đồng lõa, cảnh sát, Chicago, đối thủ, Đức Shepherd, băng đảng tranh, thẩm phán liên bang, nhà tù, , George E. h. Johnson, trong pháp luật, luật sư, cha của ông, những người thành công chiến thắng án trốn thuế của Al Capone, ,




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