However he did not serve his five year prison sentence the state supreme court overturned the lower courts decision citing the states failure to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that davis knight had one eighth or more negro blood which in the states eyes would define him as african american the free state of jones book. Motor vehicles reckless operation plaintiff must establish it 1 by adequate evidence where plaintiff was guest of defendant owner who was driving the car in order to obtain judgment for damages it was necessary that she establish by adequate evidence that the reckless operation of the car was the proximate cause of the injury to plaintiff. Davis knights own parents had not known of the negro strain in their ancestry the story the relative dug up would affect a number of other families in the neighborhood all sprung from the . In the late 1940s davis knight a great grandson of newton and rachel knight was charged with miscegenation for marrying a white woman much of the trial focused on the background of rachel namely whether or not she was actually black davis knight was found guilty but the verdict was eventually overturned by the
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