The Branch and the Scaffold

By Loren D. Estleman

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As the sole law on the untamed frontier, (Judge) Parker tried civil and criminal cases throughout the Western District of Arkansas and the Indian Nations. Only God and the president had the power to challenge Parker. His severe judgments scandalized Washington and the Eastern press, and took an onerous toll on his private life, but the "Hanging Judge of the Border" never flinched from his duty. (from summary)
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