A Crafty Attorney

Photograph of Temple Houston

Temple Houston—the son of Sam Houston—was famed in Texas and Oklahoma as a brilliant attorney. He proved it in 1899 when he defended alleged madam Minnie Stacey.

Stacey was due to be tried in a Woodward, OK courtroom but had no attorney. The judge asked Houston to handle the defense. With no preparation, the lawyer delivered a closing argument comparing Stacey to the prostitute spared by Jesus. The jury was enthralled by the oratory. After 10 minutes, they acquitted the accused of all charges.

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