First Woman Jury, Los Angeles
Nov, 1911
On November 3, 1911 this all-woman jury acquitted A.A. King, editor of the Watts News of obscenity charges. Clarence Darrow was skeptical of women on juries. He wrote an article titled "Women and Justice: Are Women Fit to Judge Guilt?" that was published in McCall's in June 1928. In a 1936 article published in Esquire Magazine titled "Attorney for the Defense" Darrow wrote: "Then, too, there are the women. These are now in the jury box. A new broom sweeps clean. It leaves no speck on the floor or under the bed, or in the darkest comers of life. To these new jurors, the welfare of the state depends on the verdict. It will be so for many years to come. . . . Women still take their new privilege seriously. They are all puffed up with the importance of the part they feel they play, and are sure they represent a great step forward in the world. They believe that the sex is co-operating in a great cause. Like the rest of us, they do not know which way is forward and which is backward, or whether either one is any way at all. Luckily, as I feel, my services were almost over when women invaded the jury box."

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