Tales from the Morgue

Robert Nardelli was set to go on trial March 24, 1936, on the charge of operating his night club without a proper federal license.

The trial never happened because Nardelli agreed to a deal.

From the Arizona Daily Star, Wednesday, March 25, 1936:


Pays Cash Penalty for Operating Without Federal License

Robert T. Nardelli, former Tucson night club operator, was freed from the toils of the law last night after federal prosecutors informed U. S. District Judge Albert M. Sames that a compromise settlement had been made with the government.

Nardelli, who was indicted some months ago on charges of operating without the proper license, was scheduled to face trial yesterday, but the case was stricken from the court calendar on motion of the district attorney.

Prosecutors announced that Nardelli had agreed to the compromise, which was approved by Frank E. Flynn, U. S. district attorney for ARizona, and John P. Dougherty, his assistant.

The charge specifically accused Nardelli, whose activities as operator of the Plantation night club resulted in a series of court actions, of not having complied with the federal statutes regarding liquor licenses.

The night club owner, whose state liquor license was revoked some months ago, has been at liberty on bond since an indictment against him was returned by a federal grand jury last November. He was arrested several months prior to that time by federal liquor officers.

It was understood here that Nardelli had agreed to pay a cash penalty to the government.

Federal officials have expressed the belief that the case against Nardelli was of a minor character. Numerous other liquor dealers in Tucson have been cited for similar offenses and have been released after paying compromise penalties.

That was the end of Nardelli's legal troubles in Arizona.

Johanna Eubank is an online content producer for the Arizona Daily Star and tucson.com. Contact her at jeubank@tucson.com

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