Finding Aid for the Joseph Lionel Fainer Papers LSC.0780

Finding aid prepared by Heather Lowe with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), September 2011; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
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Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Title: Joseph Lionel Fainer papers
Creator: Fainer, Joseph Lionel
Identifier/Call Number: LSC.0780
Physical Description: 0.4 Linear Feet (1 flat box)
Date (inclusive): 1937-1938
Abstract: Joseph Lionel Fainer (1897-1960) was the special prosecutor in the Harry Raymond bombing case. The collection materials focus on his involvement with the trial and consist of trial notes, photographs, and clippings.
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Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. George D. Lyon, 1962.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9942330023606533 

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[Identification of item], Joseph Lionel Fainer papers (Collection Number 780). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


Joseph Lionel Fainer was born in 1897 in California. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and practiced criminal law in San Francisco and Oakland before coming to Los Angeles in 1927. He spent the rest of his life in Southern California and died on August 21, 1960 in San Marino.
Fainer is most notable for serving as special prosecutor in People vs. Kynette, Allen, and Browne. This court case led to the eventual recall of Los Angeles Mayor Frank Shaw. From its earliest days, many Shaw opponents suspected his administration of corruption. Anti-Shaw forces hired Harry Raymond to investigate the administration. On January 14, 1938, Raymond's car exploded, severely injuring the detective and bringing corruption allegations to a head when it was discovered that Earle Kynette, a Los Angeles Police Captain, had planted the bomb. Both Roy Allen and Kynette were convicted and public outcry over the scandal led to the recall election.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of photographs, a trial digest and pages from a scrapbook containing news clippings.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Lawyers -- California -- Archives.
Fainer, Joseph Lionel--Archives.

box 1, folder 1

Digest of testimonies, people and exhibits list, 1938.

box 1, folder 2

Photographs, 1938.

Scope and Contents note

Five black and white photographs of the Kynette, Allen and Browne trial, the remains of Raymond's bombed car, and Fainer.
box 1, folder 3

Clippings, 1938.

Scope and Contents note

Scrapbook pages of clippings regarding the Kynette, Allen, and Browne trial, and the activity of Fainer's family when his wife and son fled to Hawaii after receiving death and kidnapping threats.