Fred Moore (attorney)

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Fred H. Moore was a socialist lawyer and the defense attorney of the controversial Sacco and Vanzetti case. He had collaborated in many labor and Industrial Workers of the World trials and was noted for his role in the celebrated Ettor-Giovannitti case, which arose from the 1912 Lawrence, Massachusetts, textile strike.

Sacco and Vanzetti case[edit]

Main article: Sacco and Vanzetti

During the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti, many had noted how Judge Webster Thayer seemed to loathe defense attorney Fred Moore. Thayer frequently denied Moore's motions and lectured the California-based lawyer on how law was conducted in Massachusetts. Thayer once told reporters that "No long-haired anarchist from California can run this court!"[1]

Fred Moore was considered by some much more than a criminal defense attorney. Eugene Lyons, a strong socialist who later went on to be a senior editor of Reader's Digest described Moore as an idealist with "no conscience once he decided his client was innocent. He would stop at nothing, frame evidence, suborn witnesses, have his people work on witnesses who had seen the wrong things..." Lyons worked with Moore on publicity to stimulate the sympathies of those who were unaware of the two Italian anarchists' trials.[2]


  1. ^ RADICALS: Thayer Flayed (Time Magazine - May 16, 1927)
  2. ^ Felix, David Protest Sacco-Vanzetti and the Intellectuals. Indiana University Press, 1965, 22-23.

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