Los Angeles District Attorney Buron Fitts and Special Prosecutor Clyde Shoemaker, pictured at Fitts' perjury trial, circa January 1936. Dist. Atty Fitts was charged with perjuring himself during testimony to a 1931 grand jury, in regards to real estate transactions carried out by his family. His sister and secretary, Mrs. Berthal Gregory, was also a defendant in this case.
Women close to Los Angelse District Attorney Buron Fitts, at his trial for perjury. From left to right are his wife, Mrs. Buron (Marion) Fitts, wife of Dept. Dist. Atty. Mrs. Eugene (Winifred) Blalock, and mother of Buron Fitts, Mrs. Ardell Fitts.
Ex-convict Peter Pianezzi (right) and his lawyer Nathan Freedman at one of two trials where Pianezzi is charged with the murders of gambler George (Les) Bruneman and Frank A. Greuzard. Allegedly, Pianezzi shot Bruneman 16 times in a cafe and then shot cafe employee Greuzard as he tried to take down the license plate of Pianezzi's car. The murder of Bruneman, which occurred on October 25, 1937, is thought to have been gang-related. The first trial ended with a hung jury, 9-3 for the acquittal of Pianezzi. In the second trial, Pianezzi received a life sentence for the murders. Later, at age 80, Pianezzi received a pardon based on innocence.
Chief liquor control officer Merle Templeton (right) with attorney James Flanagan at the liquor license bribe trial. Templeton is charged with involvement in a liquor license pay-off scandal in which he allegedly conspired with at least six others to extort money from liquor retailers under threat of causing them to lose their liquor license
Los Angeles District Attorney's investigator, Lloyd Yarrow, testifies in the bribery trial of George K. Thornton. Thornton, a California Board of Equalization officer, was charged with accepting money from Santa Barbara cafe owner Agnes O'Brien, for reinstatement of her liquor license.
Jurors Dorothy Deel, Winifred W. Howard, and Beatrice Hard in court for the murder trial of crossing guard Albert Dyer. Dyer had lured three Inglewood girls into the hills, where he strangled them with rope and his hands. He was eventually found guilty and executed. Dorothy Deel is in the foreground, from left to right in the background is Winifred W. Howard and Beatrice Hard.
Chief Deputy District Attorney William Simpson indicates a point on a map at Albert Dyer's murder trial. 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 in the back is District Attorney William Simpson, Chief Investigator Eugene Williams, Public Defender William Neeley, Albert Dyer, and Public Defender Ellery Cuff.