Scope and Content
Title: Joseph Lionel Fainer papers
Date (inclusive): 1937-1938
Collection number: 780
Joseph Lionel Fainer
1 flat box.
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.
Language: Finding aid is written in
University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections
for paging information.
Restrictions on Access
Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library
Special Collections for paging information.
Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the
creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright
owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mrs. George D. Lyon, 1962.
Processed by Heather Lowe in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser,
[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.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Fainer, Joseph Lionel--Archives.
Lawyers--California, Southern--Archival resources.