State v. Cleo Ward & William R. (Bill) Johnson

Order: 
Supreme Court Case Name: 
State v. Cleo Ward & William R. (Bill) Johnson
Case Date: 
1931
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Criminal
Cause/Crime: 
Lewd Behavior

Database - TN Research:

County:

Division: 
East
Number of Pages: 
43
Notes / Description: 

Hettie [Hattie] Johnson accused husband Def. Johnson & widow Cleo (her husband's cousin, fellow church member, neighbor) of adultery/lewdness. Bill & Cleo would meet at Gerny Campbell's vacant house (Campbell's wife was Cleo's sister-in-law). Parties & witnesses lived in Hampton, TN. Lots of testimony about the gossip in Hampton about the Defendants. Despite no actual evidence of inappropriate behavior, Cleo found guilty, fined $10, sentenced to 90 dys in workhouse; def Johnson never arrested.