Dean John H. Wigmore

John Wigmore, Dean of Northwestern Law School, severely criticized Clarence Darrow for receiving a $200,000 fund to defend the McNamara brothers because Wigmore, and many others, believed that Darrow knew the McNamaras were guilty. Wigmore wrote in an article "Clarence Darrow, acting as counsel under the law, systematically spent one hundred and ninety thousand dollars to extricate from justice men whom he knew to be guilty of the most atrocious crime in the calendar. . . . How can he defend himself? As we figure it, he must defend himself--or be recognized no longer in the ranks of an honorable profession." The Limits of Counsel's Legitimate Defense, 17 Virginia Law Reg. 743 (1911-1912).