State v. Leonard Bowen & Jane Justus

Order: 
Supreme Court Case Name: 
State v. Leonard Bowen & Jane Justus
Case Date: 
1845
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Criminal
Cause/Crime: 
Lewd Behavior

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Division: 
East
Number of Pages: 
8
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Defendants accused of unlawfully & lewdly bedding together as husband & wife & having "illicit sexual intercourse" without being legally married. Some testimony that Jane was married to another man (Justus) & Leonard married to another woman in Georgia. Jane Justus aka Jane Pool. Witnesses: Joseph G. Smith (defendants lived on his land), Valentine Abernathy, Madison Varner, Abel A. Pearson, Thomas C. Hawley. Testimony indicated Jane had 1 or more children.