William G. Bonelli (second from left), State Board of Equalization member, and Merle Templeton (far right), Chief Liquor Control Officer, both charged with involvement in a liquor license bribe scandal in which they allegedly conspired to extort money from liquor retailers under threat of causing them to lose their liquor license. Far left is A. Brigham Rose, attorney for Ed Levine, another alleged member of the pay-off ring, which included at least six members. Second from right is Judge Carlos S. Hardy, who was not the judge for the trial
A photograph of Sidney T. Graves, covering his face with a newspaper as he is transferred from L.A. County Jail to San Quentin Penitentiary. Graves was convicted of bribery a year before, after accepting a sum of $80,000 in connection with the high San Gabriel dam project. At that time, Graves had been a county Supervisor. He was sentenced to one to fourteen years imprisonment for his crime.
New York mayor Fiorello La Guardia, center, presides over the Pacific coast regional meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors. Boston Mayor Frederick Mansfield, left, served as Mr. La Guardia's secretary. Approximately 60 Pacific coast mayors attended the conference. Unemployment relief was a focal topic at the conference, which was held at Los Angeles' City Council chamber. May 15, 1937.
Famed director and choreographer Busby Berkeley sitting in court to face three murder charges after he caused a car accident that resulted in fatalities after leaving a cocktail party. Witnesses reported smelling alcohol on Berkeley's breath at the time.
The grand jury during a case against Racine Oil Co. President Jack Allen. Allen, along with three others originally, was accused of evading the state gasoline tax by insisting that gas had been exported out of state, when it was really sold to local retailers. The case was eventually dismissed
Betty Hardaker sits with her brother, Samuel Karnes, Jr., at the trial for the murder of her daughter. A group of unidentified people stand in the back of the room with others who are seated. Mrs. Hardaker was convicted of murdering her 5 year old daughter, Geraldine Hardaker, in a Montebello park washroom. The jury convicted her of committing the crime while of unsound mind.