Personal Reminiscences of Early Days in California with Other Sketches; To Which Is Added the Story of His Attempted Assassination by a Former Associate on the Supreme Bench of the State eBook

George Congdon Gorham
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Q. Did the Court of Sessions of Yuba County hold a session on that day?

Ans.  Yes.

Q. Did you continue in the District Court or did you go to the Court of Sessions?

Ans.  I continued in the District Court.

Q. Who made up the records of the Court of Sessions on that day?

Ans.  F.W.  Barnard, one of the associate justices of the court.

Q. Look at this paper and state whether it is a copy of the proceedings of that court on the 10th of June, certified by you as the clerk.

Ans.  It is.[2]

Q. Whilst you were in the District Court on that day did the sheriff of Yuba County give any information to the District Court about the Court of Sessions being in session?

Ans.  He did.

Q. Did Judge Turner give any directions to the sheriff to arrest Judge
Haun, notwithstanding he was holding his court?

Ans.  He did, and told the sheriff to put him in irons, if necessary to handcuff him.

Q. Were any directions given about a posse?

Ans.  There were.  He told the sheriff to summon a posse forthwith and enforce the orders of the court.  He addressed two or three professional gamblers present and asked them if they would not join the posse to arrest Judge Haun.  Then the excitement became so great that several of the members of the bar requested him to adjourn the court; but before the court adjourned the Judge asked several of the members of the bar to join the posse; but they made excuses, whereupon the court adjourned.

Q. Was the order entered on the records of the District Court, expelling Messrs. Field, Goodwin, and Mulford?

Ans.  It was.

Q. What day was that order entered?

Ans.  On the 10th day of June.

Q. Has that order ever been vacated on the records of the District
Court?

Ans.  So far as it relates to Mr. Goodwin it has been vacated, but no further.

Q. Has Mr. Field or Mr. Mulford ever been restored to the bar by the
District Court since the order of expulsion on the 10th of June?

Ans.  No.

[1] Mr. Wheeler is at present (1877) District Judge of the
    Nineteenth District of the State.

[2] The record of the proceedings is printed above.

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EXHIBIT F.

The following is the petition to the Governor mentioned in the Narrative.  Of course the Governor possessed no power to suspend a judicial officer from office.  But at the time the petition was signed and sent to him the State had not been admitted into the Union, and Congress had not approved of the action of the people in calling a convention and framing a constitution; and it appeared very doubtful whether such approval would be given.  There was a general impression that in the meantime the Governor could exercise the power to remove and suspend officers of the State which the former governors under Mexico possessed, or were supposed to possess.  The petition, however, is none the less significant, as the expression of the opinions of the people of Marysville upon the conduct of Judge Turner.

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