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Description: Convicted of Fraud - Ballot Box StuffersDate: February 14 1902
Newspaper published in: Richmond, VA
Page/Column: Page 5, Column 4
CONVICTED OF FRAUD
Ballot Box Stuffers in Norfolk Fined and Sent to Jail
(Special Dispatch to The Times.)
NORFOLK, VA., Feb, 13.--Samuel C. Davidson and Richard Jones (colored), Trehy faction judges of election at the First precinct of the Fourth Ward of Norfolk were placed on trial to-day before Police Justice Taylor, charged with permitting the ballot box to be stuffed at the legislative election last November. Judges D. Tucker Brooke and Thomas H. Willcox appeared for the defense. Attorneys W. H. Venable, J. E. Heath, Jr., and R. W. Mallett for the prosecution.
The trial, in which little interest was manifested by the public, is another round in the faction fight between Clerk of the Courts Trehy and Commissioner of Revenue Dey, rival aspirants for control of the local Democracy. Mr. T. S. Purdie, an attorney, who acted as counter at the First precinct, Fourth Ward, for the Dey faction at the election, testified to-day that whenever a vote was lost he took a grain of coffee from one pocket and transferred it to another pocket. He tallied 335 votes, whereas it appears some 406 votes showed up in the count.
The Trehy men disputed every bit of evidence produced by the other side. Samuel C. Davidson and Richard Jones, the latter colored, were this evening convicted of conniving at ballot-box stuffing at the November election and were each fined $250 and sentenced to serve three months in jail.