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Your host is Steve Gatto, author of The Real Wyatt Earp (Edited by Neil Carmony) (2000),Johnny Ringo (2002), Curly Bill, Tombstone's Most Famous Outlaw (2003). Steve's latest work, Hurled Into Eternity, The Story of Wyatt Earp and the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral has not yet been released.
Earp - Reilly Brouhaha (August 1880)
in court for the case of the State vs George Perrine, an argument erupted
between Justice James Reilly and attorney Harry Jones. Reilly ordered
the officers in the room to remove Jones. Startled by the events, the
officers that were present hesitated for a moment. Justice Reilly then
tried to forcibly remove Jones from the court room. Jones retaliated
by punching Reilly in the face. At that point Wyatt Earp intervened
and arrested both parties.
took Jones before Justice Gray on the charge of assault, but was released
on his own recognizance and returned to Reilly courtroom to continue the
dispute. Reilly fined Jones $25 for contempt and order him to spend
twenty four hours in the county jail. While waitng for the stage, Earp
released Jones on his own reconizance and Earp then went back to Reilly's
courtroom. Reilly then asked Earp why he should not be fined for comtempt
by the court for failing to obey the justice's order to removed Jones from
the courtroom in the first place. Earp told Reilly to consider himself
under arrest when he returned from Tucson.
took Jones to Tucson. Judge J. S. Woods later released Jones following
a writ of Habeas Corpus. The Tucson newspapers reported the event and
momentarily commented that Wyatt Earp had also been arrested in the affair.
However, this error was quickly corrected. The Arizona Daily Star on
August 19, 1880, stated that an error had been made in the transcription of
the original telegram and apologized to Wyatt Earp for the misunderstanding.
The Tucson Daily Citizen,
on August 18, 1880, wrote: "These cases have caused unlimited amusement among
the legal fraternity of both this city and Tombstone, where the defendants
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|"bravery and determination were requisites, and in every instance
proved himself the right man in the right place." Tombstone Epitaph|