Docket No. Crim. 5670.

44 Cal.2d 434 (1955)

282 P.2d 905

THE PEOPLE, Respondent, v. CHARLES H. CAHAN, Appellant.

Supreme Court of California. In Bank.

April 27, 1955.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Russell E. Parsons for Appellant.

John G. Buresh, Richard V. Bettini, Morris Lavine, Horace Appel, Albert C. Garber, A.L. Wirin, Nathan L. Schoichet and Morris M. Grupp as Amici Curiae on behalf of Appellant.

Edmund G. Brown, Attorney General, Clarence A. Linn, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Elizabeth Miller and Arlo E. Smith, Deputy Attorneys General, for Respondent.

Roger Arnebergh, City Attorney (Los Angeles), William H. Parker, Chief of Police (Los Angeles), Bourke Jones, James A. Doherty and Alan G. Campbell, Assistant City Attorneys, Ralph Eubank, Deputy City Attorney, S. Ernest Roll, District Attorney (Los Angeles), Jere J. Sullivan and Arthur L. Alarcon, Deputy District Attorneys, J.F. Coakley, District Attorney (Alameda), R. Robert Hunter, Chief Assistant District Attorney, Maury Engel, Bernard M. King and John C. Baldwin, Deputy District Attorneys, and Bruce A. Werlhof, District Attorney (Tehama), as Amici Curiae on behalf of Respondent.


Defendant and 15 other persons were charged with conspiring to engage in horse-race bookmaking and related offenses in violation of section 337a of the Penal Code. Six of the defendants pleaded guilty. After a trial without a jury, the court found one defendant not guilty and each of the other defendants guilty as charged. Charles H. Cahan, one of the defendants found guilty, was granted probation for a period of five years on the condition that he spend...


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