The People of the State of New York v. Charles Weintraub

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Defendant(s) name(s):
Charles Weintraub
Crime date:
Tuesday, February 3, 1914
Hearing date:
Wednesday, March 11, 1914
Charles C Nott
Prosecuting attorney(s):
Millard H Ellison
Defense attorney(s):
Bernard Sandler
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Frieda Milovitz, 18, a domestic servant, testifies that she came to the United States from Hungary in 1910. She met the defendant, Charles Weintraub, a fruit peddler, in August 1913. He asked her to marry him shortly after their introduction and later that year, on October 28, she agreed to have sex with Weintraub when he told her they would be married that week. She went with Weintraub to City Hall on November 3 and they obtained a marriage license. It was only several weeks later that she realized that it had been necessary to obtain a marriage certificate and that they were not, therefore, legally married. She separated from Weintraub on November 26 after he had told her that he expected her to work as a prostitute. Other witnesses, including Milovitz’s two sisters, testify that they had heard the defendant promise to marry the complainant. James Dalton, a police detective, testifies that he had arrested Weintraub on November 27 on a charge of seduction under the promise of marriage. Charles Weintraub testifies in his own defense, saying that he had intended to marry Frieda Milovitz and denying that he had expected her to work as a prostitute. The jury returns a verdict of guilty on the indictment of seduction.
Crime location:
Manhattan, New York