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In this letter, dated July 22, 1920, from North Dakota Assistant Attorney General Albert E. Sheets to Fred J. Traynor, attorney for F******* D**' in the State v. Stepp case, Sheets discusses details of the trial and the court's decision to have the case retried, and says he would be glad to write to the Court on Traynor's behalf to ask that the word "misconduct" be removed from the rationale for the retrial.

See also:

Letter from Fred J. Traynor to Albert E. Sheets Regarding Retrial of State v. Stepp Case, June 19, 1920

Letter from Albert E. Sheets to Fred J. Traynor Regarding State v. Stepp Case, June 29, 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

Fred J. Traynor, Albert E. Sheets Jr., J. H. Newton, 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 to Fred J. Traynor Regarding Wording of Supreme Court Decision in State v. Stepp Case, July 22, 1920