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by Marianne Wesson The first two Hillmon trials, in 1882 and 1885, produced hung juries, but the third resulted in a victory for Sallie Hillmon. It was this verdict, rendered in 1888, that led to the famous Supreme Court decision of 1892, reversing the judgmeen in her favor. Three more trials ensued, two ending with hung juries and the last in another verdict for Sallie Hillmon, which was once again overturned by the Supreme Court. The ultimate contested factual issue in all of the trials was the...

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