Soon the Committee was keeping a vigil on the people landing in San Francisco, and actually refused landing permits to some unwanted individuals on incoming ships.
Knowing that banishing doesn't work, and this being a perfect example, Stuart was hanged on the Market Street wharf as men in the crowd duffed their hats and ships in the harbor raised their flags and fired their cannons if they had one.
Newspapers in the city protested, claiming corruption of the courts. To everyone it looked like a "rigged" court with bribed jurors. The fix was in, and some called for a reorganization of the vigilance committee to put a stop to this.
Meanwhile, Charles Cora was arrested again and set to be retried for the murder of Richardson. This time he remained in jail for his own protection.
The next disturbance came in May of the following year in 1856. The editor of the Bulletin printed that William Casey, a city supervisor and political machine boss, had been an inmate of Sing Sing Prison in New York.
The Committee of Vigilance of 1856 adjourned its activities the second time on August 18, 1856, although it was not formally disbanded until November 3, 1859. By that time, City Hall had been pretty much cleaned out and a new group of elected officials were able to enforce the law.