Job Harriman

Job Harriman (1861 - 1925) was initially the lead attorney for the McNamara defense until Clarence Darrow took over. Harriman was also the Socialist party candidate for mayor of Los Angeles and many believed he would win the election. The defense's guilty plea negotiations with the prosecution were kept secret from Harriman. The prosecution insisted that the brothers plead guilty before the mayoral election or the deal was off. The McNamara brothers pled guilty on Friday December 11, 1911 and the mayoral election was set for the following Tuesday. The guilty pleas fatally undermined Harriman's campaign and he lost the election. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-06415.