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1916 courtroom sketch of bombing trial

1916 courtroom sketch of bombing trial

April 5, 1916: The opening of the trial of bombing suspect David Caplan. From left to right are David Caplan, alleged dynamiter, defense attorneys Jacob Margolis and Nathan Coghlan,  District Attorney Asa Keyes, Judge Willis and District Attorney Woolwine.

Four men were charged in the Oct. 1, 1910, bombing of the Los Angeles Times. James B. McNamara pleaded guilty and received a life sentence. His brother, John J. McNamara, plead guilty to a different bombing and received a 15-year sentence. In December 1915, Matthew A. Schmidt was found guilty and received a life sentence.

The fourth, David Caplan, went on trial in April 1916. The first trial ended in a hung jury.

A second trial, begun Oct. 23, 1916, ended with Caplan found guilty of manslaughter. He received a 10-year sentence.

For more, check out this previous From the Archives photo gallery: The 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times.

This sketch by Los Angeles Times staff artist Harry Barndollar appeared in the April 6, 1916, Los Angeles Times. Credit: ProQuest.

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