Earl Rogers

Earl Rogers (1869 - 1922) was one of the most famous criminal defense attorneys in the West and even the entire country. He was approaching legendary status in California by 1910 because of his courtroom dramatics and his ability to save criminal defendants from seemingly open and shut prosecution cases. He played a crucial role in the initial investigation of the Los Angeles Times bombing. Rogers was hired by Darrow to defend him in two bribery trials. Rogers was an alcoholic and he became very sick during Darrow's second bribery trial forcing his withdrawal from the case. Darrow conducted most of his own defense during the second trial with some assistance from other attorneys. Rogers and Darrow did not get along well during the trials. Rogers hated Darrow's attempts to justify or explain the Los Angeles Times bombing as a political act by labor fighting against a foe with superior resources. Rogers had been at the scene of the bombing just after it happened and he helped try to save some of the victims. Rogers lost a good friend in the fire caused by the bombing. Another major cause of discontent between Rogers and Darrow was Darrow[s reluctance to pay Rogers what Rogers thought he was worth. Courtesy of University of Southern California, on behalf of the USC Special Collections.