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The Trials of Laura FairSex, Murder, and Insanity in the Victorian West$
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Carole Haber

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469607580

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469607597_Haber

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The Second Trial

The Second Trial

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The Trials of Laura Fair

Carole Haber

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes Laura Fair's second trial in the fall of 1872. Popular attention now turned to Laura Fair's new counsel, N. Greene Curtis, who devised a defense strategy that differed significantly from that of his predecessor, Elisha Cook. The trial was no longer to be about the relationship between the intimate pair; it would not touch on her reputation or her colorful—some would argue sordid—history. Instead, it would focus on only one issue: could Laura, at the moment of the shooting, be classified as insane?

Keywords:   Laura Fair, murder trial, N. Greene Curtis, insanity

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