- James Alderman
James Horace Alderman (in some sources Aldermon) (died
August 17, 1929) was a alcohol smugglerduring the prohibition era in the United States, called the "King of the Rum Runners". He was executed by the federal government for killing on a high seas of U.S. Coastguardsmen Sidney Sanderlin, Victor A. Lamby and Robert K. Webster, a Secret Service agent off southeast Florida, near Fort Lauderdale.
Crime took place
August 7, 1927. He was tried by under Sections 272, 273, 275 of the U. S. Criminal Code. In January, 1928 he was sentenced to death by U. S. District Judge Henry D. Clayton. President Herbert Hooverdeclined clemency.
His hanging was initially schedulded to be carried out in Broward County
jail, but the County Commissioners declined, insisted a U. S. hanging should occur on U. S. property (from 1924 all executions by the state of Floridawere carried out by electric chair). Finally Alderman was executed on newly erected gallowsin a metal hangar of the U. S. Coast Guard station near Fort Lauderdale. Media witnesses were barred from watching execution.
Despite Florida's protest in this case,
David Joseph Watsonwas later executed for the federal government in state-owned Raiford Prisonby the means of electrocution] .
* cite news
* [http://www.deathrowspeaks.info/federal/federaldeathpenalty.html The Federal Death Penalty]
* [http://www.staugustine.com/stories/111202/sta_1118612.shtml Jax jury to decide on death penalty for officer, Staugustine.com]
* [http://users.bestweb.net/~rg/execution/DATA%20FEDERAL.htm List of pre-Furman federal executions]
* [http://users.bestweb.net/~rg/execution/FLORIDA.htm List of pre-Furman federal executions]
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