A Law for the Lion: A Tale of Crime and Injustice in the by Beatriz de la Garza

By Beatriz de la Garza

"I locate this tale attention-grabbing and eye-catching. i feel it will likely be of normal curiosity to the general public as the tale chronicles an incredible a part of our heritage. it may possibly serve to gauge the development now we have made in society and in our criminal procedure. I strongly suggest it." --Hon. Raul A. Gonzalez, former Justice, Texas very best courtroom "Esto no es cosa de armas" (this isn't a question for weapons). those have been the final phrases of Don Francisco Guti?rrez ahead of Alonzo W. Allee shot and killed him and his son, Manuel Guti?rrez. What all started as an easy dispute over Allee's unauthorized tenancy on a Guti?rrez kin ranch close to Laredo, Texas, led not just to the slaying of those renowned Mexican landowners but in addition to a blatant miscarriage of justice. during this engrossing account of the 1912 crime and the next trial of Allee, Beatriz de los angeles Garza delves into the political, ethnic, and cultural worlds of the Texas-Mexico border to reveal the tensions among the Anglo minority and the Mexican majority that propelled the killings and their aftermath. Drawing on unique assets, she uncovers how influential Anglos financed a first class felony staff for Allee's protection and in addition discusses how Anglo-owned newspapers assisted in shaping public opinion in Allee's want. In telling the tale of this long-ago crime and its tragic effects, de los angeles Garza sheds new mild at the interethnic struggles that outlined existence at the border a century in the past, at the mystique of the Texas Rangers (Allee was once stated to be a Ranger), and at the criminal framework that after institutionalized violence and lawlessness in Texas.

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After 1881 the number of AngloAmericans began to increase, and by 1900 they represented one fourth of the population of 21,851. (leffler and long 6:865) The tensions that developed between newly arrived Anglos and the established Mexican ranchers may provide an explanation for what is otherwise a riddle with an unsatisfactory answer. Unless we look behind the reported facts, the conduct of the killer remains a puzzle. The Laredo Daily Times reporter, writing on August 15, voiced the same frustration at not being able to recount more than the bare facts and next to nothing of the motivation: While the Times reporter has made every possible effort to glean full information of matters leading up to the killing, every effort has proven futile.

In 1899 he was elected mayor of San Antonio and remained in that office until 1903 when he resigned to become a state senator. He served in that capacity until 1907 (Wharton 17). Hicks counted among his friends and patrons a former law partner, Robert U. Culberson, brother of United States Senator august 1912 27 Charles A. Culberson, and former Texas governors Oran M. Roberts and James S. Hogg, whose student and law clerk he had been (“Who’s Who in Texas”). Now Marshall Hicks was traveling to Laredo on Saturday, August 17, on business.

Allee, orphaned at eighteen, would have been expected to learn a lesson from his father’s death; and, in fact, there is no known record of Alonzo Allee being involved in gunfights early on. Alonzo Allee’s first arrest appears to have been in 1912, when he was thirty-four, for killing Francisco and Manuel Gutiérrez; and here is where the lessons learned from his father’s life were helpful. The most important lesson that Alonzo Allee absorbed from his father’s experiences was a familiarity with the judicial process that demystified it and deprived it of the power to instill fear.

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