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In this letter, dated May 15, 1920, from North Dakota (ND) Assistant Attorney General Albert E. Sheets to attorney Fred J. Traynor, who is representing F******* D**' in the State v. Stepp case before the ND Supreme Court, Sheets informs Traynor that Judge Nuchols had to leave for Philadelphia and Sheets himself will be presenting the motion for dismissal of Hiram Stepp's appeal. Sheets explains that, while he will present the motion, he is of the opinion that the case should not be dismissed, and gives his reasons.

Note: In this letter, Sheets references a letter from Traynor to S. L. Nuchols dated May 10, 1920 in which Traynor informs Nuchols of a second proposal to dismiss Stepp's appeal. No copy of this letter has been found in Langer's papers as of this writing.

See also:

Letter from Albert Sheets to Fred Traynor Regarding Court Minutes in State v. Stepp Case, May 19, 1920

Letter from Fred J. Traynor to Albert E. Sheets Regarding State v. Stepp Case, May 22, 1920

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State v. Stepp, State vs. Stepp, ND Supreme Court, rape, statutory rape

Organizations Referenced

Supreme Court of North Dakota

People Referenced

S. L. Nuchols, Fred J. Traynor, Albert E. Sheets Jr., Hiram Stepp


Political History | United States History


Please note that information related to the identification of the underage victim in this case has been redacted from the digital collection per library policy. The original documents are available to researchers at the Chester Fritz Special Collections Library.

Letter from Albert E. Sheets Jr. to Fred J. Traynor Regarding Motion to Dismiss Appeal in State v. Stepp, May 15, 1920