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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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(p.147) 5 The Second Trial
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The Trials of Laura Fair
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Carole Haber

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469607580.003.0006

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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