FINED $300 EACH FOR SELLING SPIKED CIDER
Mike Dacurso and Sam Pepitome, proprietors of the Flat River Fruit Store, were found guilty of violating the local option law in Squire Ramsey's court Tuesday afternoon, and were given the minimum fine of $300 each.
The case was submitted to the court on an agreed statement of facts. The defendants, through their attorney, admitted that they had been selling cider, which according to a chemical analysis, contained alcohol to the extent of more than 5 per cent.
The attorney, representing the defendants, argued that there was no criminal intent to violate the law, because, as he stated, the defendants did not know that the cider contained alcohol. For this reason he thought that mercy should be shown his clients. Mercy was certainly extended when the court assessed the minimum fine.
But notwithstanding this, notice of appeal was given immediately after the Squire had rendered his verdict. Just what further leniency than the minimum fine, after guilt has been acknowledged, can be hoped for, is a matter of considerable wonderment.
These men have other cases of a similar nature filed against them, which are to be heard at the May term of the Circuit Court.
Published by THE LEAD BELT NEWS, Flat River, St. Francois Co. MO, April 20, 1917.