Lawyer Who Shot Himself Proving His Client's Innocence

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In Ohio in 1871,Clement Vallandigham spent his last few days, fighting to prove his client's innocence.

Vallandigham was halfway through the case at the time, and he believe this would be the greatest one of his life.

This case was highly publicized throughout the town.

The Christmas Eve before, a man named Thomas Myers had been playing cards in a private room above a bar in nearby Hamilton when five men known as "thugs" busted in and a huge brawl broke out.

Gun shots were fired and a man was killed. In the wild confusion of the moment, as gamblers fled in all directions, it wasn't clear what was happening.

When the witnesses later recounted their stories, one name came up again and again, which was Thomas McGehan. McGehan and the man shot were known to dislike each other greatly.

No-one could say for sure that he was armed that night, but he was certainly one of the gang members. After that, the town was satisfied and thought they found their killer.

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