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EUNICE CARTER : HOW THIS BLACK WOMAN TOOK DOWN NOTORIOUS MOB BOSS LUCKY LUCIANO
EUNICE CARTER : THE AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN THAT TOOK DOWN LUCKY LUCIANO
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Eunice Roberta Hunton Carter was an American lawyer
that spearheaded a historic prost**ution, racket**ring investigation. The case and game plan built by Eunice allowed New York District Attorney Thomas Dewey to successfully charge Maf**so kingpin Charles "Lucky" Luciano with compulsory prost**ution ,which refers to conditions of control over a person who is coerced by another to engage in se**al activity.
Eunice was one of New York's first female African-American lawyers, and one of the very first prosecutors of color in the US.
But how exactly did Eunice bring about the demise of “the chairman of the board” of the Five Families of New York aka Lucky Luciano? Lets talk about it.
Eunice was a social worker in New York City before Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia nominated her as a prosecutor in “women’s court”, which was a court for the prosecution of women, especially pros***utes.
What Carter noticed in that court system was intriguing. Women arrested for pros***ution from all over New York City were represented by the same lawyers and bail bondsmen; and those people had relationships with one Charles “Lucky” Luciano.
District Attorney Dewey ordered a raid of numerous bro**els and arrested dozens of illegal s*x workers, of which many of whom agreed to testify about the Mob’s link to pros***ution.
Luciano was charged with pand**ing. His defense was that he was not directly linked to the bro**els and was being railroaded by the prosecution.
Dewey, in a dramatic cross-examination of Luciano, asked how the rich mobster could afford an extravagant lifestyle on the $22,500 reported on his tax returns.
Carter and Dewey established that prostitutes were required to give up half of their earnings to cr**e bosses in exchange for legal representation. They established that Luciano was indeed profiting from prost***tion.
This resulted in Luciano being sentenced to 30 to 50 years in 1936. (Eventually, Luciano was released from pr**on and dep**ted to Italy 11 years later in exchange for his help in preventing problems on the New York City docks during World W** II. Luciano instead ran away to Cuba where he picked up where he left off, but that’s another video within itself).
Nonetheless, Luciano’s conviction, based on Eunice Carter’s discovery, was considered the most successful court action against organized cr**e in U.S. history.
It put a serious dent in the Luciano cr**e syndicate’s illicit activities and political corruption.
In 1937, Dewey, then New York’s City’s district attorney, assigned Carter to head his Special Sessions Bureau involving cases brought in municipal court, where she remained until 1945.
Carter thereafter worked as a private attorney, advised the United Nations on women’s rights issues, worked for the National Council of Negro Women and served as a national board member of the YMCA for many years.............. and that my friends is the life of Eunice Roberta Hunton Carter.
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