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Working Title: Hanging Judge: From YKTTW
Daibhid C: Pulled this, for the reasons given:
- Judge Roy Bean is another American example.
- Not quite. While his judgments were unconventional, to say the least, Bean never sentenced anyone to death. His semi-official capacity was as a Justice of the Peace, and he mostly stuck to that.
Actually, Wikipedia says Bean did sentence two people to death, but that's not enough to be an example of the trope. Bean ruled by personal opinion, but was as likely to be too lenient ("I can find no law against killing a Chinaman") as too harsh.