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" Case Dismissed "

Those who know Texas history, know that Sam Houston led the battle that brought defeat to Santa Anna and his army at the battle of San Jacinto. After Texas became a Republic with Sam Houston as it's president, the law provided for free land to any soldier who had fought along side of Sam Houston at San Jacinto.

On one occasion a man by the name of Knobby Horsham was accused of defrauding another farmer of some land.

When the farmer who had accused Knobby of fraud appeared in court, he was surprised to find none other than President Sam Houston himself there to defend the accused. Knobby was considered a man of ill repute. Nine of the jurors seated were farmers who all had been defrauded by rascals like Knobby.

Nevertheless, when the trial began, Judge Phinizy, asked Sam Houston if he had any witnesses. "Only one, your Honor," Houston replied.

Limping to the witness box, his right leg dragging from a serious wound sustained in the battle, Houston moved next to the defendant, and looked down on him as a loving father might, despite the fact that the defendant was a proven criminal.

As the courtroom sat in silent expectation, President Houston uttered only two sentences. "Knobby, you've heard the serious charges made against you. Where were you on the afternoon of April 21, 1836?"

Knobby looked up like a little child and whispered, "With you in the front-line at San Jacinto."

"The defense rests," Houston said, taking his seat.

"Case dismissed," Judge Phinizy cried.

"There is therefore now, no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…" Romans 8:1. Case dismissed!

by: Ken Wimer

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