harshly criticized Governor West for sending Miss
Hobbs, since she was only his personal secretary.
Lawsuits against the Governor and several of the
"principals" including Miss Hobbs were filed by
William Weigard, a Copperfield city council member
and one of the saloon proprietors.
The suits challenged the
Governor's authority to declare martial law. The
Baker County Circuit Court found that powers
granted to the governor "cannot be taken away from
him by the court, even should he abuse powers." It
also maintained that the National Guard assumed the
position of peace officers in Copperfield and that
the governor could "act in his own discretion" as
head of the executive branch of state
The case eventually went
all the way to the Oregon Supreme Court. The
Supreme Court upheld the lower court rulings that
found the Governor had acted within his authority
as Chief Executive.