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John F. King to Thomas Ewing, Jr.

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Lawrence Thursday. 8 o’c A. M. July 1st
Dear Sir:
Thinking you would like to know the exact position of the Court in referense to your client, Gen. Lane I will tell you – promising merely that I have the information from Justice Ladd himself.
The first question which arose after retireing for consultation was whether the accusation contained in the affidavit – that of murder – had been sustained They were unanimously of the opinion that it had not been. The next question was as to the degree of the offense. Mr. Soule thought that no offense against the laws had been committed

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that the homicide was committed in self defense and as such was entirely justifiable. Mr. Otterson was inclined to consider it manslaughter. Mr Ladd was unconvinced, and wished to re-examine the evidence. This was done. Still they disagreed. Pending the discussion an incidental question arose whether it was not necessary that the original charge – the sole charge – of the affidavit that of murder should be sustained Ladd was of the opinion that it was not necessary. Soule and Otterson thought it was. Thus Ladd was overruled, and it being as previously stated their unanimous opinion that no murder had been committed they concluded to discharge the defen-

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dant, and accordingly convened the Court and did so. The decision was received with general approval. Of course, there are some who demur, but they are few. A crowd gathered around Lane, and shook him warmly by the hand. A [xxx] motion of the General’s you will see stated in in my report to the Ledger.
I hope to be in Leavenworth within a week or two, and if so will take pleasure in calling upon on you. I remain
Very Truly Yours, John F. King
Thos. Ewing Jr, Esq. Leavenworth K.T. Your colleague, Col Young made quite a powerful speech

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