Farley Drew Caminetti

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Newspaper photo published upon his conviction.

Farley Drew Caminetti (July 1, 1886 - December 19, 1945) was charged with violation of the Mann Act and his case was settled by the United States Supreme Court as Caminetti v. United States.[1]


He was born on July 1, 1886 in California, the son of Anthony Caminetti, the Commissioner General of Immigration. He and Maury I. Diggs took their mistresses from Sacramento, California to Reno, Nevada. Their wives informed the police, and both men were arrested in Reno.[2]

At trial on September 5, 1913, he was found guilty of one count of violation of the Mann Act.[3] His case was argued before the United States Supreme Court starting on November 13, 1916 and ending on November 14, 1916. The court announced their decision on January 15, 1917, upholding his conviction.

He died on December 19, 1945.


  1. ^ Melvin I. Urofsky (2004). "Drew Caminetti and Maury Diggs Love and the Mann Act". 100 Americans making constitutional history: a biographical history. ISBN 1-56802-799-0. Farley Drew Caminetti (known as Drew) and his friend Maury I. Diggs were the criminal defendants in the ...
  2. ^ "Unforgivable Blackness". American Experience. PBS. Retrieved 2010-08-22. In March of 1913 Drew Caminetti, the son of a prominent California politician, and a friend, Maury Diggs, both married and having affairs, took their mistresses by train from Sacramento to Reno. Their betrayed wives tipped off the police, and both men were arrested upon their arrival in Reno. Caminetti and Diggs were tried and found guilty.
  3. ^ "Caminetti Guilty On Only One Count. Two Jurors Hold Out for Acquittal for Three Hours, but Finally Compromise". The New York Times. September 6, 1913. Retrieved 2010-08-20. Farley Drew Caminetti, son of the Commissioner General of Immigration, was found guilty late to-day on one count of the indictment charging him with violation of the Mann White Slave act.