I don't think you could call it "legal advice." I don't think any billable hours were involved. It was a word to the wise, a "get real, Wyatt" moment.
Wyatt may well have been acquitted by a sympathetic jury, found innocent of murder, for the same reason as Louise Marshall, but, yeah, in the absence of a jury decision, I'd call it extra-legal execution, a crime, however justified.
Wyatt was faced, in a very personal way, with the issue of order in the absence of law, as Casey discusses so well in LBL, 249-51.
At the top of list should be the May 10, 1848, massacre of fifteen Tucsonans by Apaches at Mescal Springs in the Whetstone Mountains. Their deaths had a severe affect on the town’s economic condition ... more
That has to rank up there? Pierpont one of the most dangerous men in the gang stated about the Tucson cops, "these fellows pull pretty fast here, not like the midwest guys". Old style western law... more
To avoid prosecution and the most wanted gang in the nation, your right they were just visiting the old pueblo for its great enchiladas...... and Mackley and Van Meter were going to open a flower... more
intent to buy land to start up a dude ranch and nudist colony. He wanted 8 sections of land, I think it was. The other party had 3 and intended to offer leases on 5 sections of federal land. The... more
Most definitely, without a doubt, fer sure. But although they had by then committed a federal crime in taking a stolen vehicle across state lines, the big extradition battle was over which State... more
Yeah they crossed state lines with a stolen vehicle and that gave Hoover and the boys the green light to get involved and hound them down. Innocent until Interrogated is a great title, seen quite a... more
Jim Justifiable homicide? Self-Defence? They were supposed to be lawmen themselves, and could have "seen Paul" then and there. Instead they spurned him, and took off after covering their tracks. Then ... more
that Wyatt or Doc would have been acquitted in Pima County. The Tucson STAR had begun a major rewrite of the Earp-Cowboy controversies by the time Morgan was assassinated even contradicting its own... more
My vote to include: 1. The shocking 1882 assassination of alcoholic gambler James H. Leavy. 2. Sept. 24, 1891 murder of Dr. John C. Handy (after a vicious divorce battle) shot by by Mrs. Handy’s... more