The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935 Page: 14
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too, that "It is a general belief among the working class that he is
not a fair judge, and that he leans toward the big cattlemen."
Before the House committee upon February 18 General Hogg
arraigned Willis' conduct and actions as district judge upon two
"1. They were collusive, fraudulent and farcical.
"2. They were irregular and invalid as to the defendants, but
estopped the state."
If the Judge was knowingly responsible, then, Hogg argued,
"he was corrupt, [and] if he did not know, then, he was guilty
of criminal negligence." Upon the first count he was "impeach-
able for a high crime," and upon the second he "would be guilty
of an official misdemeanor." Judge J. H. Davis and Buck Walton
argued the defense; Hogg turned aside in rebuttal "exonerating"
Houston and Browning, and wound up with a "scathing denounce-
ment of Judge Willis as a man that should no longer disgrace the
judicial ermine of Texas." If the Legislature should fail to
impeach, he assured them, "he would prosecute corruption in
office, if it took every dollar in the Treasury department of the
Sentiment still was against Willis and the cowmen. The Galves-
ton News editorialized to the effect that,
If Mr. Willis ever gets into the Senate its goodby John with
him. That body is composed of lawyers. They will have no
mercy with carelessness, looseness or ignorance. It will go its
length toward putting the ermine away from any one's shoulders
who doesn't wear it with grace. But his hope is among the non-
professional men of the House. The defense is that probably all
the quirks and quibbles in the administration of the law were not
complied with. This will suit many members who don't like
quirks and quibbles in the administration of the law, but he is
confronted by this same element who will insist that the bullionaire
is not a lord, and shall not act in a lordly way. His is a hard
case. He is the victim of an unwise policy-a policy which bear-
ing the worst fruits, and will continue to bear them till it is
cursed out of existence-the policy of allowing a few men to
organize a county and run it to suit their own convenience. They
can run it in debt, owning nothing, and they do it, or, owning it,
own the machinery of the law, because of them must come the
21The Gazette, February 18 and 19, 1887.
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