J S Bangs' short story "The Judge's Right Hand" is a SF in an American West kind of setting. It's interesting because the opening lines suggest that the narrator is a brutal person, but then in the next paragraph we get an explanation and start to feel sympathy for him. Sympathy, however, won't get him far when the judge arrives. Everyone has to go to the judge and give an account of themselves. They can't get out of it and they can't lie. How, then, can a man protect his family when he knows he's broken the law and can no longer stay with them?
Text and audio here at Beneath Ceaseless Skies.