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Subject: [Bklyn] Standard Union-March 6, 1931-Court
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2002 14:49:53 -0500

Standard Union-March 6, 1931-Court

Case Marks Fourth Conviction for Manslaughter in Twenty Years

Since the law was passed, twenty years ago, there had been three
convictions in the Greater New York of manslaughter, second degree, where
an automobile was the means of death, according to the police.
This number has been increased to four by a jury in queens County Court,
Long Island City, with a verdict of guilty of manslaughter, second degree,
in the case of former Detective James J. REARDON, 32, of 159-19 hillside
avenue, Jamaica.
Assistant District Attorney Leo HEFFERNAN, in court yesterday, said REARDON
had been convicted in Nassau County of a charge of extortion and that he
was given a suspended sentence of from five to ten years in prison.
LANGAN had left a restaurant in Jamaica and was walking to his home, it was
testified, when the car driven by REARDON ran upon the sidewalk at 161st
street and Jamaica avenue and struck him.
LANGAN was dragged a distance of a mile to Hillside avenue and 139th
street, where he was found. He died a short time later in the Mary
Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica.
REARDON denied the charge. He insisted that he reached home shortly after
2 o'clock that morning and was sleeping when the accident occurred. He
admitted he had been in the restaurant and had had drinks with LANGAN. He
insisted he left the place at the hour he mentioned and that LANGAN was
still there.
Witnesses, however, told of having seen the accident, and of following the
automobile to the spot where the body was found. One of these witnesses
said REARDON was driving the automobile which ran upon the sidewalk and
struck LANGAN.
REARDON is to be sentenced on March 20 by Judge Nathan TURK, who presided
at the trial.

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