Ike Clanton's testimony
November 9-15, 1881
Ike spent four days in the court room.
The entirety of his testimony can be read aloud in one hour. That's a lot of court room time for what little verbiage we have.
The hearing itself lasted nearly a month.
The entirety of the testimony can be read aloud in Four hours. That's not much testimony for the amount of time occupied by the hearing.
From William Allen's testimony: [Follows more opinion as to where the various combatants stood.]
Here the court report is telling us that someone is testifying, but he's not writing it down.
Hardly a word to be found in the testimonies about the locations of Behan, Coleman, Fuller, and others. This info had to communicated in the court room. But we don't have it.
Looks to me like a lot of testimony is missing. If not, these are some terribly slow people.
Perhaps the standards that we consider acceptable in this day and age differ from a 140 years ago.
I do not think there are missing parts of the testimony. Here's why. We have the original court reporters pages, and the Nugget's reporting for the Coroner's inquest. Keep in mind the Nugget's reporte... more
re: are there missing bits — Jones,Wed Apr 13 10:32
Jones if you've ever been in a courtroom you'll know it takes a lot more time to get the work done than just the time it would take to read the transcripts out loud. I was in a jury on a medical malpr... more
I've managed to dodge jury duty up to this point so I'll take your word for it.
I didn't realize that only one hour of the spoken word was the norm for a weeks worth of testimony. Only the government... more
I am evaluating the whole thing from the existing recorded testimonies. I do not change a word. I know that there are sure to be many other words spoken at the time but we don't have those, do we? So ... more
...please note in Virgil's testimony how he focuses on Billy Clanton, completely condensing the whole scenario by eliminating the attack on Frank and the shotgun blast at Tom.
Virgil focuses totall... more
Agree with you on the Earp brothers story.
I think the video is plenty clear about my opinion of the lawman story.
I think they chose Billy as the initial shooter because he was farthest into the va... more