Lincoln Steffens

Lincoln Steffens (1866 - 1936) was a very well-known muckraking journalist. Steffens considered himself a pivotal player in the plea negotiations between the McNamara brothers' defense and the prosecution. He would later devote three chapters of his autobiography to the case. Steffens was vocal about his involvement in the plea negotiations but his claims contrasted sharply with the prosecution and Judge Bordwell's version of the events. The same day he sentenced the McNamara brothers to prison, Judge Bordwell took the unusual step of releasing a statement about the pleas in which he categorically refuted Steffens' claims. Judge Bordwell explained that the guilty pleas were the result of the jury bribery allegations and not Steffens' influence. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-04702.