Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Mr. Prentiss” in chapter 1.2 of Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25.:

...s convicted of one of its lesser degrees. So successful was he that the expression— Prentiss couldn't clear him, was a hyperbole that expressed the desperation of a criminal's fortunes. Mr. Prentiss was employed only in important cases, and generally as associate counsel, and was thereby relieved of much of the preliminary preparation which occupies so much of the time of an attorney in getting...
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