In the aftermath of the events of August 1st, Alderman Patrick Mahon issued warrants against twenty-two members of the Scranton Citizen Corps. The group, which included William Walker Scranton, Ezra Ripple, and Wharten Dickson, were charged with willful murder of Charles Dunleavy, Steven Phillips, Patrick Langan, and Patrick Lane. When the arrest warrants were carried out on August 8th, General Huidekoper sent troops to protect the men from being taken from their homes. A newspaper article from the Scranton Republican reported on the events on the morning of August 9th.
In Mayor McKune’s documents, a letter written from Alderman Mahon showing his displeasure at the actions taken by General Huidekoper to block the arrests.
On August 10th, the men were released on $3,000 bail to await their trial on November 26, 1877. Only six members of the Scranton Citizen Corps would appear at the trial in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Everyone who was arrested on the charge of willful murder was found not guilty due to the belief that the men had reacted in a heroic way when faced with a riot.