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Rufus Foster was an American No-Maj who served as a federal judge in the 1920s.[1][2]

Foster censured a grand jury investigating Prohibition violations for leaking a sealed letter to the press on 6 December 1926.[1][2] This letter was written by jury foreman W. de S. Trenholm and intended to be read only by the judge.[1][2] Foster summarily dismissed the grand jury, but was convinced by Clarke, the Assistant District Attorney, to reconsider this action.[1][2] Thus, he instead ordered that the jury deliver any indictments they had found within three days, at which point their dismissal would take effect.[1][2] The incident was reported in the 6 December 1926 issue of the New York Chronicle.[1][2]

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