LESS LOCAL POLITICAL INFLUENCE Edward BarnesFormerly Assistant Solicitor to the Collector of Customs
at the Port of New YorkPROHIBITION even now, as Mr. Edison states, is 70%
enforced. The corner saloons have almost been eliminated; the hotel bars where many thousands of gallons of
liquor were drunk daily have been closed. The manufacture
of liquor, ale and beer has practically ceased. The supply
now available for the 30% of our people who are drinking
comes from the stills, the diversion of industrial alcohol and
smuggling from foreign countries.In the states where there are large cities, non-observance
is widespread. Speakeasies abound owing to the inadequate
force of federal agents and in some instances to the faithlessness of some of such agents, also the lack of vigilance,
the indifference or the connivance on the part of the police
or other local officers.With the enormous profits derived from the illicit manufacture and sale of liquor, it is not surprising that bribery
of the enforcement officials is ofttimes accomplished.Other causes for lack of observance and enforcement are:
|1. ||The local judiciary in most large cities in states where
there are state enforcement acts are men who have been appointed or elected judges through the influence of political
bosses, many or nearly all of whom have been reared under
or subject to saloon influence. The same applies to the
prosecuting officials and accordingly, when violators are
brought to trial, leniency is exercised or else there is a gross
miscarriage of justice.|
|2. ||Executive and administrative federal officers perhaps
are largely influenced by the fear that too rigid enforcement
might result in demotion or removal and that the political
fortunes of the party in power may be jeopardized--par|
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Book title: Law Observance:Shall the People of the United States Uphold the Constitution?.
Contributors: W. Durant C. - Editor.
Publisher: Durant Award Office.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1929.
Page number: 69.
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