Courtroom scene from the "white flame" murder trial where Paul A. Wright is accused of murdering his wife and best friend after finding them in an embrace. Wright's lawyer, Jerry Giesler, eventually won his client's freedom with a temporary insanity defense
Detective Lieutenant Ray Giese and Los Angeles County District Attorney Buron Fitts examine soiled clothing possibly owned by Thomas Edward Dugger. Dugger, known as "Ape Man", was convicted of eleven felonies related to the robbery, kidnapings, and assault of three women. Dugger was indicted on April 4, 1935 and sentenced to death by the Supreme Court on February 18, 1936.
Defense attorney Jerry Giesler photographed in court, during the "white flame" double homicide trial of aviation executive Paul A. Wright. Wright was charged with the shooting deaths of his wife Evelyn and best friend John Kimmel, whom he claimed to have caught in an "inappropriate" embrace in the Wright home.Giesler led Wright's defense team, and argued that Wright was not guilty by reason of insanity. The jury found Wright guilty of two counts of manslaughter, and subsequently ruled that he had been insane at his sanity trial.
Capt. Leopold McLaglen, self-styled Jiu-Jitsu champion of the world, appears in court over charges that he attempted to blackmail and extort his former employer, millionaire Philip M. Chancellor. McLaglen was accused of threatening to implicate Chancellor in a robbery, unless Chancellor paid McLaglen $20,000. McLaglen is accompanied in court by his lawyer, Harry F. Sewell, at left. November 18, 1937.
Accused murderer Paul A. Wright on the witness stand, being questioned by his attorney, Jerry Giesler. Wright, an airport executive, shot his wife and his best friend while they sat together on a piano bench. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Attorney A. Brigham Rose (seated left) and county grand jury member Clifford E. Clinton in the courtroom. Rose and Clinton, along with Clinton's fellow grand jury member Harry L. Ferguson and Rose's legal secretary Pauline Huff were charged with contempt when they allegedly withheld information regarding Clinton's investigation of vice and gambling in Los Angeles county. Superior Judge Wilson dropped the charges, calling them legally insufficient. An attempt to renew the citations of contempt was quickly abandoned when Rose, Clifford, Ferguson, and Huff finally took the stand to testify.
A view of the courtroom in which Albert Dyer's murder trial began. Dyer lured three Inglewood girls to the hills, where he strangled them to death with his hands as well as rope. From left to right is Chief Deputy District Attorney William Simpson, Chief Investigator Eugene Williams, Public Defender William Neeley, and Albert Dyer. Public Defender Ellery Cuff is standing.