Judgment at Gallatin: The Trial of Frank James

Judgment at Gallatin: The Trial of Frank James

by Gerard S. Petrone
     
 

Those who will recall the Simpson trial as the legal extravaganza of its century might be surprised by striking parallels between it and the late-nineteenth century trial of the infamous Frank James.In 1882 James surrendered to authorities voluntarily and was tried for murder the following year in Gallatin, Missouri. Petrone's analysis of primary and secondary

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Those who will recall the Simpson trial as the legal extravaganza of its century might be surprised by striking parallels between it and the late-nineteenth century trial of the infamous Frank James.In 1882 James surrendered to authorities voluntarily and was tried for murder the following year in Gallatin, Missouri. Petrone's analysis of primary and secondary sources tells the story of a charismatic prominent figure, who assembles his century's legal dream team and in the face of overwhelming incriminating evidence, wins acquittal from a sympathetic jury."The trial of Frank James has never before been explored in detail, although his acquittal has long screamed for explanation."—Bill O'Neal"Scholars as well as 'buffs' have always neglected the trial of Frank James. Thus Judgment at Gallatin fills in a major gap in our knowledge of the James brothers."—Richard Maxwell Brown

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After his brother Jesse was assassinated in 1882, Frank James (1844-1915), a member of the same infamous outlaw gang, surrendered to authorities. Here is an account of the high- profile trial in Gallatin, Missouri. The cast of characters include a case flamboyant lawyers, members of the gang who turned snitch, relatives of Jesse's assassins, his mother with a questionable alibi, and a former Confederate general who showed up drunk. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896723986
Publisher:
Texas Tech University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.85(d)

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