Early in his career, Mr. Carrow was counsel in two San Quentin Prison related cases in which he represented San Quentin inmates charged with murder and other crimes. The cases were tried virtually back to back and involved over two years of actual trial time. The trials had a number of unique aspects.
first case involved the removal of Judge Harold Haley from his Marin County,
California courtroom and his subsequent alleged murder. Guns were brought into
the courtroom by Jonathan Jackson, who was thereafter joined by three San
Quentin inmates involved in a trial then in progress before Judge Haley.
Following the death of Judge Haley, Jonathan Jackson and two of the prison
inmates, charges were brought against Angela Davis and Ruchell
Magee. Mr. Magee, a San Quentin inmate, was accused of kidnapping and killing
Judge Haley. Prosecution of the charges against Mr. Magee, which were severed
from those against Angela Davis, resulted in what was then the most expensive
criminal trial in the history of
Labeled by the media as “The San Quentin Six case,” the second trial was of
approximately seventeen months duration and was, at the time, the longest
criminal trial in the history of the state. The case involved an alleged
attempted escape from San Quentin by George Jackson, brother of Jonathan, and
Mr. Carrow represented Luis Talamantez, a prison leader and poet, accused of murder and other offenses arising out of the incident. The jury found Mr. Talamantez not guilty on all charges.