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The ‘Unwritten Law’ on Homicide

October 26, 2009 |  4:00 am

Oct. 26, 1919, Buster Brown

Halloween with R.F. Outcault’s Buster Brown.

Oct. 26, 1919, Unwritten Law
Oct. 26, 1919: The “unwritten law,” that a husband was justified in killing any man who romanced his wife, appears frequently in The Times and was cited as a defense for decades – often successfully. In fact, the term appears as recently as  1981 in Al Martinez’s profile of legendary Los Angeles attorney Max Solomon, who defended Mickey Cohen, Brenda Allen and Bugsy Siegel.

Nvo. 10, 1981, Max Solomon

Nov. 10, 1981, Max Solomon