Law for the Lion: A Tale of Crime and Injustice in the Borderlands

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Austin 2003 Trade Paperback First Edition. First Printing Near Fine. Dated, inscribed To Jeanell with fondest regards and SIGNED by the AUTHOR. 142 pp. Signed by Author ... 0292701896. Jack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture, Number Eleven. "Esto no es cosa de armas" (this is not a matter for weapons). These were the last words of Don Francisco Guti?rrez before Alonzo W. Allee shot and killed him and his son, Manuel Guti?rrez. What began as a simple dispute over Allee's unauthorized tenancy on a Guti?rrez family ranch near Laredo, Texas, led not only to the slaying of these two prominent Mexican landowners but also to a blatant miscarriage of justice. In this engrossing account of the 1912 crime and the subsequent trial of Allee, Beatriz de la Garza delves into the political, ethnic, and cultural worlds of the Texas-Mexico border to expose the tensions between the Anglo minority and the Mexican majority that propelled the killings and their aftermath. Drawing on original sources, she Read more Show Less

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"Esto no es cosa de armas" (this is not a matter for weapons). These were the last words of Don Francisco Gutiérrez before Alonzo W. Allee shot and killed him and his son, Manuel Gutiérrez. What began as a simple dispute over Allee's unauthorized tenancy on a Gutiérrez family ranch near Laredo, Texas, led not only to the slaying of these two prominent Mexican landowners but also to a blatant miscarriage of justice.

In this engrossing account of the 1912 crime and the subsequent trial of Allee, Beatriz de la Garza delves into the political, ethnic, and cultural worlds of the Texas-Mexico border to expose the tensions between the Anglo minority and the Mexican majority that propelled the killings and their aftermath. Drawing on original sources, she uncovers how influential Anglos financed a first-class legal team for Allee's defense and also discusses how Anglo-owned newspapers helped shape public opinion in Allee's favor. In telling the story of this long-ago crime and its tragic results, de la Garza sheds new light on the interethnic struggles that defined life on the border a century ago, on the mystique of the Texas Rangers (Allee was said to be a Ranger), and on the legal framework that once institutionalized violence and lawlessness in Texas.

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Beatriz de la Garza is an attorney and writer in Austin, Texas. Her previous books are The Candy Vendor’s Boy and Other Stories and Pillars of Gold and Silver.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Part I. August 1912
Part II. A Matter for Weapons
Part III. So Great a Prejudice
Part IV. A Jury of His Peers
Epilogue. August 1917
Afterword
Works Cited
Acknowledgments
Index
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