What would a criminal defense attorney charge on the American frontier in a murder trial in 1885? I am specifcally interested in what it would have cost three cowpokes to mount a murder defence in Rapid City, Dakota Territory 1885. I know they were defended by Colonel William Parker who was a successful lawyer and politician in the Territory at the time, but so far I have found no clue what his fees were.

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    Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer.
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    Feb 4, 2022 at 19:25
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    Would also significantly help if you documented your preliminary research. I imagine that the answer is highly variable - urban setting vs rural, proximity of a a railroad, the presence of skilled attorney vs having to recruit one from elsewhere, Of course, the cost will range from zero (self representation) to what the market will bear.
    – MCW
    Feb 5, 2022 at 16:40


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