By Steven Lubet
The gunfight on the okay Corral is legendary—but what occurred as soon as the capturing ended? This booklet tells the approximately unknown tale of the prosecution of Wyatt Earp, his brothers, and document Holliday following the gunfight and indicates how a skilled safeguard lawyer kept them from the gallows.
"[One of the] gemstones within the titanic . . . literature on Wyatt Earp. . . . Lubet’s learn of the advanced felony aftermath of the okay Corral manages to be trendy and . . . based, a advantage rarely present in outlaw studies."—Larry McMurtry, New York evaluation of Books
“This is the 1st ebook to envision extensive those criminal lawsuits, and not anyone may have performed a greater task. Lubet explains, in a transparent and fascinating manner, how Arizona territorial legislation labored within the 1880s.”—Michael F. Blake, Chicago Tribune
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It was enough, however, to keep the stories alive, especially given Doc’s unsavory reputation. Johnny Behan was happy enough to pursue the rumors, either because he believed them (which was not very likely, given that even Luther King Prelude to a Gunfight said nothing to implicate Holliday) or because he saw an opportunity to undermine the Earps. Karen Holliday Tanner, Doc’s biographer (and distant niece), believes that Behan was also “influenced by his close friend Milt Joyce,” Doc Holliday’s nemesis and a Democratic Cochise County supervisor.
The cause to which we especially allude is the fact that our people as a class have not that reverence for the law necessary to induce men of money to cast their lot with us in an earnest endeavor to develop our wonderful mining and stock raising resources. ”27 On January 4, 1881, John Clum was elected Tombstone’s third mayor. In his dual positions as mayor and editorialist, he would be the Earps’ most important supporter in Tombstone. After their gunfight with the Clantons and McLaurys, he would become their strongest and most vociferous defender.
Acting on a tip, the posse rode to the McLaury ranch on the Babacomari River, where they found the mules, as well as a branding iron that was used to change “US” to “D8” on the mules’ hides. Wary of resistance by the rustlers, Lieutenant Hurst apparently made a deal with a Cowboy named Frank Patterson, who agreed to return the mules the next day if the Earps left without making any arrests. Wyatt would later claim that he advised Hurst against the compromise, offering to fight for the government property if necessary, but the lieutenant insisted on heading back to Tombstone.