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Leading defense attorney dies; Dodgers win against Cubs, September 27, 1958

September 27, 2008 |  6:37 am

LeCompte Davis dies at 95

Prominent attorney represented the McNamara brothers in The Times bombing and Alexander Pantages in his famous sexual assault case. 

Stewart Granger in "Harry Black and the Tiger."

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LeCompte Davis, left, with Frank Bryson in a 1933 embezzlement case.

LeCompte Davis was the member of the defense team, which also included Clarence Darrow and Joseph Scott, who announced to Judge Walter Bordwell that James and John McNamara had decided to withdraw their pleas of not guilty in the 1910 Times bombing and the bombing of the Llewellyn Iron Works. In collaboration with Jerry Giesler, Davis also defended theater executive Alexander Pantages against charges that he raped Eunice Pringle in one of the most notorious Los Angeles cases of the late 1920s and early 1930s. 

At left, Tom Cameron's 1954 recollections of Davis' tactics in the courtroom.

Recommended reading: W.W. Robinson's "Lawyers of Los Angeles." 

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