Judgment at Gallatin: The Trial of Frank James

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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 ...

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896723986
  • Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Frank and Jesse - The Robbing and Killing Years 1
Lives Forged in Violence 2
Old Habits, New Career 7
The End Draws Near 13
2 Return of the Outlaw 19
Sightings 19
Reflection and a Twinge of Guilt 22
Courting a Criminal 25
Stop the Breed 27
Official Correspondence 28
Surrendering in Style 33
Sentimental Journey 37
A Sounder Sleep 42
The Celebrated Prisoner of Independence 44
The Unconventional Hero 46
One Last Detail 48
3 The Trial at Gallatin 51
Making a Case 51
The Winston Train Robbery 59
The Wooden Halls of Justice 67
The Face of Evil 69
The Legal Dramatis Personae 71
4 Redemption and Recrimination 169
A Public in Shock 169
The Gold Watch 170
A Bitter Pill 172
The War Argument Considered 173
Innocent or Guilty? 180
5 Final Justice 189
Last Irony 189
Home Free 196
All Debts Paid 204
Epilogue 211
Bibliography and Note References 213
Index 217
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