Clarence Darrow is widely recognized as an iconic lawyer of the early 20th century, having represented John Scopes in the famous "Scopes Monkey Trial" among other representations that attracted national headlines. However, many are unaware that in the midst of his extraordinary career, Darrow was tried for allegedly bribing a juror.
Earlier this month, Wilk Auslander's Anthony Del Giudice and other members of Judge Vernon Broderick's Inn of Court team presented a reenactment of the Darrow bribery trial in Courtroom 110 of the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse to the Federal Bar Council Inn of Court. The Federal Bar Council Inn of Court is an organization of lawyers practicing in federal courts within the Second Circuit that fosters collegial interaction between the Bench and Bar through intellectually stimulating programs and informal discussions that promote the ideals of professionalism, mentoring, ethics and legal skills.
Here's a brief background on the Darrow bribery case: In 1911, Darrow represented brothers J.J. and J.B. McNamara, who were being tried for allegedly bombing the offices of the Los Angeles Times, a newspaper known to be anti-labor union at that time. The McNamara brothers could have received the death penalty after pleading guilty but were instead sentenced to lengthy prison terms. In January 1912, Darrow was charged with allegedly bribing a juror in the McNamara case. After a three-month trial in which Darrow presented a two-day closing argument, Darrow was acquitted.