Judge Roy Bean’s combination courtroom and saloon, known as the Jersey Lily, was located along the Rio Grande in a desolate stretch of the Chihuahuan Desert of Southwest Texas. Bean did not allow hung juries or appeals, and jurors, who were chosen from his best bar customers, were expected to buy a drink every court recess. After his death, Western films and books cast him as a hanging judge, though he is known to have sentenced only two men to hang, one of whom escaped.
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