From Guns to Gavels: How Justice Grew Up in the Outlaw West

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-11-30
  • Publisher: Texas Tech Univ Pr
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"When a thirteen-year-old boy strikes out on his own in 1885, leaving his Civil War-ravaged Mississippi homeland for the wild Red River borderland between North Texas and Indian Territory, the American West is a land beyond the reach of the law. Crime thrives in the absence of law officers, courtrooms, judges, and jails. Vigilante justice, the posse, and the hangman's noose come to fill the void. But by the time the young man - now a veteran outlaw - dies by the gun in 1929 after a tempestuous career, the Old West has been largely tamed, its official legal systems firmly in place." "In this companion volume to Getting Away with Murder on the Texas Frontier, veteran defense attorney and prosecutor Bill Neal takes readers from Mississippi to the frontiers of West Texas, Indian Territory, New Mexico Territory, and finally the frozen Montana wilderness through a series of linked tales of crimes and trials. Tracing the incipient struggles of modern criminal justice in the Southwest through an engaging progression of outlaws and lawmen, plus a host of colorful frontier trial lawyers and judges, Neal reveals how law and society matured together."--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. ix
Mapsp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introductionp. 5
Duels of the Lawmen: The Volatile Motley County War and the Outlaw Sheriffp. 10
Wichita Falls Justice: Judge Lynch Presiding: Oklahoma Territory Outlaws "Dangle Twixt Heaven and Earth"p. 64
High Noon in Paducah: "I Kilt Him Purty ... Real Purty"p. 108
The Return of Hill Loftis-as Tom Ross: Leaving His Outlaw Past Behind?p. 169
Bloody Sunday in Seminole: The Storm Breaksp. 214
The End of a Long and Winding Trail: But the Enigma of Tom Ross Remainsp. 245
From Guns to Gavels: Judge Blackstone Ascendsp. 269
Afterthoughts: The Rule of Law: An Ongoing Battlep. 279
Chronologyp. 283
Notesp. 291
Bibliographyp. 333
Indexp. 349
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