Jacob Buttram & Lucinda Price v. State

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Supreme Court Case Name: 
Jacob Buttram & Lucinda Price v. State
Case Date: 
1866
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Civil
Cause/Crime: 
Lewd Behavior

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Division: 
East
Number of Pages: 
22
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Price, a white woman & Buttram, an African American man were accused of living together as if married. The State offered neighborhood rumor as proof, & the charge was later dropped. The couple had a two year old child together. One witness testified to finding Price & the baby sharing a bed, Buttram's mother & sister in a bed, & an empty bed on the floor. The court pointed out that this proves nothing of their "lewd" behavior, that no one saw them behaving intimately together.