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The Supreme Court and a Six-Gun: The Extraordinary Story of In re Neagle

Walker Lewis
American Bar Association Journal
Vol. 43, No. 5 (MAY 1957), pp. 415-418, 475-478
Published by: American Bar Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25719995
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

Every now and then one runs across a legal case whose facts are so bizarre that they could never be published as fiction—the story would be too improbable. In re Neagle was such a case, and it has all the features of a Wild West movie: blazing six-shooters, a beautiful blonde heiress, a tall, bowie-knife-toting frontiersman, a multimillionaire widower, and an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court charged with murder. Mr. Lewis gives a spirited account of this chapter in American history. The story is true. Not even the names of the characters have been changed.

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