IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. IN THE MATTER OF THE ACCUSATIONS OF JAMES L. CRITTENDEN, COMPLAINANT, VS. WILLIAM H.L. BARNES, RESPONDENT. ARGUMENT FOR RESPONDENT, JOHN CURREY, OF COUNSEL.

[Peekskill, N.Y.?]: Peekskill Messenger Steam Print. [1886]. 29, [3 blanks] pp. Original printed wrappers [soiled, detached from text block]. Stitched, clean text, Good+. With some manuscript corrections to the text in a contemporary hand, probably Currey's.

A prominent San Franciscan, Barnes was "one of the first lawyers wealthy Californians turned to when in need of legal services. He was an attorney with deep-running political connections" [Burrill, SERVANTS OF THE LAW, page 204]. Thus former Nevada Senator and mining baron William Sharon hired Barnes in "one of America's noted trials and certainly the most noted in California annals in which the array of counsel was formidable. Sarah Althea Hill, a designing woman had married William Sharon, a got-rich-quick mining potentate, ostensibly for his money. At any rate Sharon claimed fraud in his suit for divorce. David S. Terry represented Mrs. Sharon as counsel. He later married his client. Judge Field had presided at the trial" [46 Decker 41, 42]. The parties waged an all-out legal war in both federal and state courts. Its ultimate conclusion resulted in the attempted murder of Justice Field by Terry; and the ensuing death of Terry at the hands of U.S. Marshal Neagle, who was protecting Field.
The charge against Barnes, who was addressed as 'General' because of his Civil War service for the Union, was an outgrowth of the Sharon litigation. James L. Crittenden, a San Francisco lawyer who had fought for the Confederacy, sought Barnes's disbarment on the grounds that he had offered a bribe to one Max Gumpel to testify as a witness in the case; and that he had fraudulently sought to bribe a clerk for opposing counsel. Crittenden's complaint is reported in the Daily Alta California for August 25, 1886. Currey, who had previously been Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court and was now a San Francisco lawyer, represented Barnes and rebuts the charges in resounding fashion.
This rare and interesting item was printed in Peekskill, New York, perhaps because Barnes was born at nearby West Point.
Not located on OCLC, or anywhere else. Item #31243

Price: $375.00

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