The Elements of the Art of Packing as Applied to Special Juries: Particularly in Cases of Libel Law

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E. Wilson, 1821 - Freedom of the press - 269 pages
 

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Page 94 - The law of England," says Lord Ellenborough, "is a law of liberty, and consistently with this liberty we have not what is called an imprimatur; there is no such preliminary license necessary; but if a man publish a paper, he is exposed to the penal consequences, as he is in every other act, if it be illegal.
Page 62 - Lying, he might have said without any. such hyperbole, lying and nonsense compose the groundwork of English judicature. In Rome-bred law in general—- in the Scotch edition of it in particular— -fiction is a wart, which here and there deforms the face of justice : in English law, fiction is a syphilis, which runs in every vein, and carries into every part of the system the principle of rottenness.
Page 105 - ... declamation and invective, and were written not with a view to elucidate the truth, but to injure the characters of individuals, and to bring into hatred and contempt the administration of justice in the country.
Page 245 - And excessive bail hath been required of persons committed in criminal cases, to elude the benefit of the laws made for the liberty of the subjects.
Page 92 - It is no new doctrine that if a publication be calculated to alienate the affections of the people, by bringing the government into dis-esteem, whether the expedient be by ridicule or obloquy, the person so conducting himself is exposed to the inflictions of the law. It is a crime ; it has ever been considered as a crime, whether wrapt in one form or another.
Page 245 - And whereas of late years, partial, corrupt, and unqualified persons have been returned and served on juries in trials, and particularly divers jurors in trials for high treason, which were not freeholders.
Page 86 - The defendant, who does not know all the world, and cannot know all the names in that book, does not desire a dead man for his jury-man.
Page 84 - In page 19, I read, in form of a note, a piece of history, which presents itself as not altogether inapposite to the present purpose. To any one, by whom any degree of credence is given to the statements contained in it, it will serve to prove two things: 1.
Page 102 - desirous of putting upon it [the liberty of the press] would go to extinguish it for ever," p. 842. " Ridicule," he hnd afterwards contended, p. 849, " is a weapon which may be fairly and honourably employed, especially when it is in the true spirit of English humour, and for an object purely of a public nature.
Page 85 - I looked over the book, I desired him to inform me how I should know whether he did take the first forty-eight special jury-men that came, or not; and what mark, or description, or qualification, there was in the book, to distinguish a special from a common jury-man ? He told me, to my great...

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