Thomas E. Dewey pursued high-profile criminals. He was appointed to lead an Extraordinary Grand Jury as Special Prosecutor in July, 1935. The goal: to take over the vice investigations after District Attorney William Dodge showed incompetence.
Special Prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey hired his staff members from local universities, as well as from more elite private universities. He also hired the first African-American woman to work in New York City as a District Attorney.
Eunice Hunton Carter had been a Women's Court prosecutor under William Copeland Dodge. Thomas Dewey hired Mrs. Carter for her knowledge of the Harlem policy rackets. From her experience working in the notorious Women's Court as a D.A., Mrs. Carter showed that organized crime controlled prostitution. The racket was called the "Bonding Combination."