JOHN D. FREDERICKS
John D. Fredericks
Fredericks comes to national attention for his
prosecution of the Los Angeles Times Bombing in 1910.
John D. Fredericks came to California in 1891,
taught at Whittier State School, and was admitted to the California
Bar Association in 1895. He became a deputy district attorney in
1899 and was elected to three terms as District Attorney -- 1902,
1906 and 1910. At the Times bombing trial, in 1911, during
the complicated negotiations that ended the trail, Fredericks
insisted that both John and James McNamara, the accused bombers,
must plead guilty.
Fredericks, who reminded some observers of Abraham
Lincoln, lost the governor's race in 1914 but was elected to the
U.S. Congress in 1923.
Reprinted from FOR THE PEOPLE --
Inside the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office 1850-2000
by Michael Parrish. ISBN 1-883318-15-7