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Hangin' Times in Fort Smith : A History of Executions in Judge Parker's Court
by Jerry Akins


Overview - For twenty-one years, Judge Isaac C. Parker ruled in the federal court at Fort Smith, Arkansas, the gateway to the wild and lawless Western frontier. Parker, however, was not the "hangin' judge" that casual legend portrays. In most cases, the guilt or innocence of those tried in his court really was not in question once their stories were told.  Read more...

 
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Overview
For twenty-one years, Judge Isaac C. Parker ruled in the federal court at Fort Smith, Arkansas, the gateway to the wild and lawless Western frontier. Parker, however, was not the "hangin' judge" that casual legend portrays. In most cases, the guilt or innocence of those tried in his court really was not in question once their stories were told. These horrible crimes would have screamed out for justice in any circumstance. Author Jerry Akins has finally arrived at the real story about Parker and his court by comparing newspaper accounts of the trials and executions to what has been written and popularized in other books.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781935106340
  • ISBN-10: 1935106341
  • Publisher: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
  • Publish Date: May 2012
  • Page Count: 268


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