1. Clarence Seward Darrow was a prominent Chicago attorney who was defending the McNamara brothers in the Los Angeles Times bombing case.
2. In early 1912 Darrow was indicted on two charges of attempting to bribe jurors in the McNamara case. His trial on the first charge began in May and ended in August with his acquittal. His trial on the second charge began in January 1913, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict, and the indictment was later dismissed on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
3. SG replied that the AFL would be unable to raise the funds to assist Darrow (SG to Darrow, Mar. 16, 1912, Files of the Office of the President, General Correspondence, reel 74, frames 791-92, AFL Records).