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NCJ Number: 150767 Find in a Library
Title: Final Justice: The True Story of the Richest Man Ever Tried for Murder
Author(s): S Naifeh; Smith G W
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 466
Sponsoring Agency: Dutton
New York, NY 10014
Publication Number: ISBN 0-525-93452-9
Sale Source: Dutton
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book encompasses the criminal trials of Texan Cullen Davis, heir to a legendary Texas dynasty of oil and money and worth over $100 million, showing how defense attorney "Racehorse" Haynes fashioned a defense that persuaded a Fort Worth jury that he was innocent of killing his 12-year-old stepdaughter, despite overwhelming evidence.
Abstract: This story of Cullen Davis encompasses four criminal trials, grand jury investigation, numerous bond hearings and bond appeals extending to the U.S. Supreme Court, five civil suits arising out of the shootings, several investigations by government regulatory agencies, Bill Davis' Federal suit against his brothers and Kendavis Industries International, and a host of divorces. The research for this book included not only the transcripts of these proceedings but 6 months of interviewing and, in some cases, getting to know the principals in the drama. The book portrays Cullen Davis as a man who believed that money could buy anything and documents incidents and behaviors that show how he lived his credo. The story includes the saga of his wives and his domination of them. It reveals the murderous lengths to which his arrogance would take him when he was defied. The book climaxes with one of this century's most talked-about criminal trials, in which a skilled defense lawyer showed how the law and perceptions of evidence could be manipulated to persuade a jury that Davis was innocent of killing his 12-year-old daughter. Davis emerged from his trials as a hero to a Texas public that believe a man of his wealth and position could not possibly do those horrendous deeds of which he was accused.
Main Term(s): Court procedures
Index Term(s): Class discrimination; Criminology; Defense counsel; Jury decisionmaking; Murder; Texas
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