Volstead Act Totalitarianism, II-24
the court or in vacation a judge thereof, may summarily try and punish the defendant. The proceedings for punishment for contempt shall be commenced by filing with the clerk of the court from which such injunction issued information under oath setting out the alleged facts constituting the violation, whereupon the court or judge shall forthwith cause a warrant to issue under which the defendant shall be arrested. The trial may be had upon affidavits, or either party may demand the production and oral examination of the witnesses. Any person found guilty of contempt under the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000, or by imprisonment of not less than thirty days nor more than twelve months, or by both fine and imprisonment. * * *
This federal criminal statute under the 18th Amendment served to erode if not nullify the right to trial by jury in the text of Article III Section 2 of the Constitution and 6th Amendment of the Bill of Rights: "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed..." To add injury to contempt for the Declaration of Independence those fines in gold would today range from $51,296 to $102,592. For what? The preceding section makes clear there is nothing cruel or unusual about this as punishment for storing a case of beer in a rented room! (link) Here's how this benefited families:
Recall that even the Declaration of Independence listed depriving us of Trial by Jury among the litany of usurpations and abuses for which Americans took up arms.