Terry’s death during an assault on a Supreme Court justice resulted in a Court ruling regarding immunity for federal officials who violate state laws while performing their duties.
Terry opened a law office in Stockton, California, in 1849. A member of the Know-Nothing Party, Terry was elected to the state supreme court in 1855. Two years later he became chief justice, a position he held until 1859. Terry was popular and capable, but he possessed a violent temper and a southerner’s sense of honor. A verbal battle between Terry and Senator David Broderick led to an 1859 duel in which Broderick died.
David S. Terry
Terry’s undoing took place in 1888. His second wife, Sarah Althea Hill, was involved in a bitter legal battle with her ex-husband, Nevada senator William Sharon. Acting in his capacity as circuit judge, Stephen J. Field,
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Field, Stephen J.