“Night-life figure” (read: Madam) Lee Francis and Judge Cecil D. Holland examining an anonymous letter sent to Judge Holland which asked the court to convict Francis. Francis was arrested on a morals offense after she offered two girls to an undercover deputy sheriff over the phone. This was the second letter sent to the Judge that condemned Francis’s actions.
William G. Bonelli (center), member of the State Board of Equalization, who is accused of soliciting and accepting bribes from local liquor retailers, standing between A. Brigham Rose (left) and Judge Carlos S. Hardy (right). A. Brigham Rose is the attorney for Ed Levine, a lobbyist also accused of involvement in the liquor license bribe scandal. It is unclear how Judge Hardy is involved with Bonelli, as he is not the judge for this trial.
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
Prominent Los Angeles defense attorney Jerry Giesler photographed addressing the jury, 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.Superior court judge Ingall W. Bull Sr. is visible in the background of the photograph.
William Bioff (left) with Judge Isaac Pacht at an investigation of the affairs of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Bioff, IATSE's business agent was questioned regarding suspicions of organized crime within the alliance.
Former boxer and middleweight champion of the world, Norman (Kid McCoy) Selby (standing left) and Judge A. A. Scott (seated right). Selby was in court to claim $105 that was taken from him by the authorities to use as evidence when he was arrested for murder 13 years ago. At that time (1924), Selby was charged with the murder of his sweetheart, Mrs. Theresa W. Moers. Selby served time in San Quentin before making parole in 1932. Selby was given back his $105 (all in large, old-style bills) minus a 10 cent county tax. He planned to use the money for some last minute Christmas shopping.