Terre Haute election fraud case to be highlighted at Southern District Court history symposium

The third and final fall virtual continuing legal education event hosted by the Court Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will take place next week.

The final CLE, “An Election Fraud Case for the Ages: U.S. v. Aczel,” will take place Nov. 20 from 4-5 p.m. Participants of the CLE will learn about “the intriguing, and sometimes violent, story of the conspirators’ efforts to disenfranchise legal voters and thus influence the outcome of a federal election.”

Journalist Sasha Issenberg will explore the story behind U.S. v. Aczel, which began in 1915 when Terre Haute’s mayor, chief of police, and several other prominent officials were indicted in federal court on charges that they used their positions to intimidate and unlawfully detain citizens of Terre Haute to prevent them from voting in the 1914 election. Up for grabs in the election were seats in the Senate and House of Representatives for Indiana’s fifth congressional district.

The Historical Society sponsors the symposium, and one hour of CLE credit has been approved for the session.

Registration is required for the event, which has limited space available. Links to join the event virtually will be shared with individuals who have registered. RSVPs are required by Nov. 13 to [email protected].

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