AJ 025 Lecture Notes - Lecture 22: David C. Broderick, William Sharon, Stephen Johnson Field

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Stephen field and david terry both were judges on california supreme court, with. In 1859, dispute arose between terry and david broderick, a close friend of. Field; terry resigned, challenged broderick to a duel, and killed him. Field vowed to never forget the killing. Field was later elated to chief justice, and 4 years later, lincoln appointed him to scotus. Terry, now in private practice, represented sarah hill in a divorce action; she claimed to have been married to former nevada senator william sharon, suing him for cheating. Sharon, a millionaire mine operator, denied ever having married her. Hill"s alleged marriage document was ruled forged by the court case was dismissed. When sharon died, his son took legal action to disprove claims hill had to sharon"s property. In 1888, justice field was(coincidentally) assigned to circuit court to decide the suit brought by sharon"s son against sarah terry.

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