"Some of the legends are true. That Bean served drinks during court recesses and whenever verdicts were rendered. That he found creative means of fining miscreants—and then kept the monies for himself. That he had prisoners chained to a stump outside the saloon as a makeshift jail. That he used one law book, 1879’s The Revised Statutes of Texas, by sitting on it during proceedings. And between cases, Bean was the dealer for games of chance."
Read the rest of Mark Boardman's profile of Judge Roy Bean in True West magazine.