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In Washington D.C., the trial of former National Police head Lafayette Baker for false imprisonment begins

Lafayette Curry Baker, detail
01/24/1866
The trial of the former head of the National Police, Lafayette C. Baker, for false imprisonment and extortion began at the Criminal Court in Washington, D.C.. The charges stemmed from his investigation into corrupt "pardon brokers" who frequented the White House.  With what Baker claimed was the support of President Johnson, the notorious Mr. Lucy Cobb had complained of being falsely detained and robbed of a commission.  The jury found Baker guilty on one count of false imprisonment but the judge fined him just one dollar and discharged him.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"Trial of General Baker," Chicago Tribune, January 29, 1866, p. 1. 
Lafayette Curry Baker, The History of the Secret Service (Philadelphia, PA: Lafayette C. Baker, 1867), 599.
Jonathan Truman Dorris, Pardon and Amnesty Under Lincoln and Johnson (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1953), 146-148.

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