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The Sacco-Vanzetti Case and the Grim Forces Behind It


for Salsedo's death; the active interest of the Italian government; the arrest and prosecution of Mrs. DeFalco; the search for Boda; the appointment of the investigating committee by the New England Civil Liberties Committee; and the new attempt to deport Lopez.

New Arrest in DeFalco Case

When Mrs. DeFalco was put on trial before Judge Murray, there was a new surprise. The attorneys for Sacco and Vanzetti promptly had a warrant served on Benami Cicchetti, a tailor of Providence, who was in court to testify as chief witness for Mrs. DeFalco. This man was charged with being a party to the proposal made by the woman to throw the case to the side of the accused labor organizers in return for $50,000.

It was revealed by Aldino Felciani and other witnesses who substantiated Felicani's testimony, that Mrs. De Falco had offered, when the defense committee pleaded poverty, to reduce the price for the two acquittals to $40,000.

This money, she stipulated, was to be paid to Francis J. Squires, clerk of the police court at Dedham, in which town the two men are to be tried; and to Percy Katzmann, brother and law-partner of District Attorney Frederick Katzmann, who is to prosecute Sacco and Vanzetti.

Wanted Evidence Surrendered

Mrs. DeFalco demanded that $5,000 be paid on a certain day as a preliminary fee; and on the same day, the defense committee and its counsel must agree to surrender to Percy Katzmann all evidence in their possession.

Cicchetti, when put on the witness stand in Mrs. DeFalco's behalf, admitted under cross-examination that be and the woman visited the committee headquarters early in January and proposed the employment of new lawyers. He admitted, too, that he had discussed the matter with Attorney Squires.

When Mrs. DeFalco made the offer to Felicanni and others, she explained that by reason of her connections in court circles at Dedham, she was able to sway verdicts in criminal cases -- and as evidence of her ability along this line, she cited the case of a woman who was cleared of a murder charged through her efforts.

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