(left to right) Attorney Joseph Scott, Angelus Temple business manager Giles Knight, Angelus Temple founder and pastor Aimee Semple McPherson, and Rolf Kennedy McPherson, son of Aimee. All are at a trial in which Aimee's daughter Roberta Semple has brought a $150,000 slander suit against Willedd Andrews, attorney for Aimmee McPherson and Angelus Temple. Miss Semple claims that Andrews had made untrue statements about her, including that Semple and her husband Jacob Moidel (former Temple attorney) had kidnapped Aimee and forced her to sign several documents. Joseph Scott acted as attorney for Andrews while Rolf and Aimee McPherson stood as witnesses. Roberta Semple was ultimately offered $2000 in damages. This trial was the latest in a series of tumultuous family relations which began with Aimee's decision to retain Giles Knight as business manager against Roberta's wishes
Attorney Joseph Scott (left) has his arm around he shoulders of a man; beside them is another man with his arm around the shoulders of a man. Each pair of men is holding a large document. A photograph of the Los Angeles Hall of Justice is on the wall behind them.
British-born, Scott was a prominent lawyer in Los Angeles with significant dealings with national government, local business, the Los Angeles Times, the Catholic Church, and Charlie Chaplin, amongst other topics. At one time Scott was referred to as “Mr. Los Angeles”. Walsh represented former baseball players like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig through a press syndicate he ran.
In January 1936, District Attorney Buron Fitts was charged with perjury regarding a 1931 testimony over the sale of a Claremont orange grove. Mrs. Berthall Gregory, Fitts’ sister, sold the grove to Lucien C. Wheeler. Fitts reportedly falsified the amount of money he received through the sale.
Attorney Joseph Scott, facing towards the bleachers, speaks into a microphone on the field of the Memorial Coliseum. A man and woman can be seen walking along the track in the distance. The visible seating in the background is mostly empty.