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This Day in Georgia History

June 21, 1913

Reuben Arnold Joined Leo Frank’s Defense Team

Prominent Atlanta attorney Reuben Arnold announced that he had joined Leo Frank’s defense team. In his statement Arnold said he had reviewed all the evidence and was convinced of Frank’s innocence, adding that he would not agree to represent him otherwise. While Arnold did not directly accuse Jim Conley of the murder of Mary Phagan, he did say Conley’s story had no credence in regards to Frank then added: “I do not believe that any white man committed this crime.” Leo Frank Case