Bert Franklin

Bert Franklin had been hired by Clarence Darrow as the chief investigator for the McNamara brothers' defense. Franklin was arrested for attempting to bribe a prospective juror, George Lockwood. Franklin's testimony before a grand jury implicated Clarence Darrow in the bribery attempts. Franklin testified against Darrow in both bribery trials. During his closing argument to jury in his first bribery trial Darrow lashed out at Franklin denouncing his testimony: "is it worth anything? Is there a single one of you gentlemen who would condemn your dog upon his word? Is there one of you who would condemn the meanest reptile that crawls upon the word of Franklin as shown by the testimony in this case."