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Lanier, who killed D. S. Love, in Greenville, Mississipi, on October 23, was examined before Judge Valliant, Mayor of Greenville, and acquitted. Mayor Valliant is one of our most highly respected citizens, and his decision is endorsed by the entire community. The details of the libel by Love on the wife of Lanier are utterly unlit for publication. It appears at the trial that Love was an unsuccessful suitor, and persecuted the lady before her marriage, and after the event sought the revenge of blasting her character. In thus discharging the prisoner, Judge Valliant said ; “ I have been a practising lawyer for more than twenty years, and I have never seen or heard of such a case as this. There is no law to which the defendant in a case like this could appeal. If any one in a position like that occupied by him had sued for damages, he would simply have been laughed at. It is therefore ray opinion that he did just what I or any other man of honor would do, and I therefore discharge the prisoner and bid him go hence without delay.’’ This decision was received with shouts of applause.

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HOW AN AMERICAN JUDGE DEALS WITH MURDER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 538, 19 January 1882

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HOW AN AMERICAN JUDGE DEALS WITH MURDER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 538, 19 January 1882

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