The whole proceedings on the trial of an information exhibited ex officio, by the King's Attorney General, against John Stockdale: for a libel on the House of Commons, tried in the Court of King's-Bench, Westminster, on Wednesday, the ninth of December, 1789, before the Right Hon. Lloyd Lord Kenyon, Volume 3

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Page 7 - King in contempt of our said Lord the King and his laws to the evil and pernicious example of all others in the like case offending and against the peace of our said Lord the King his crown and dignity...
Page 93 - Instead of standing before him in judgment with the hopes and consolations of Christians, we must call upon the mountains to cover us; for which of us can present, for omniscient examination, a pure, unspotted, and faultless course? But I humbly expect that the benevolent Author of our being will judge us as I have been pointing out for your example. Holding up the great volume of our lives in His hands, and regarding the general scope of them — if He discovers benevolence, charity and...
Page 161 - If the meaning of these words, finding against the direction of the court in matter of law, be, that if the judge, having heard the' evidence given in court, (for he knows no other) shall tell the jury upon this evidence.
Page 84 - Asiatic government, if he was the faithful deputy of a power which could not maintain itself for an hour without trampling upon both ; he may and must have offended against the laws of God and nature, if he was the faithful Viceroy of an empire wrested in blood from the people to whom God and nature had given it...
Page 86 - ... you have robbed them of? Justice may, no doubt, in such a case forbid the levying of a fine to pay a revolting soldiery; a treaty may stand in the way of increasing a tribute to keep up the very existence of the government; and delicacy for women may forbid all entrance into a Zenana for money, whatever may be the necessity for taking it.
Page 140 - REAL difficulty, it is therefore commonly recommended to the jury to state facts and circumstances in a special verdict : but neither here, nor in any other part of his works, is it said or insinuated that they are bound to do so, but at their own free discretion ; indeed, the very term recommended admits the contrary, and requires no commentary.
Page 161 - That the jury did acquit against the direction of the court in matter of law, literally taken, and de piano, are insignificant, and not intelligible; for no issue can be joined of matter in law, no jury can be charged with the trial of matter in law barely, no evidence ever was, or can be given to a jury of what is law or not ; nor...
Page 216 - Guilty, without asking the Jury if they believed the defendant's evidence to rebut the criminal inference ? Some of them positively meant to negative the criminal inference, by adding the word only, and all would have done it, if they had thought themselves at liberty to enter upon that evidence. But they were told expressly that they had nothing to do with the consideration of that evidence, which, if believed, would have warranted that verdict. The conclusion is evident ; if they had a right to...
Page 127 - King's court: a jurisdiction which, when nobility, from being territorial and feodal, became personal and honorary, was assumed and exercised by the peers of England, who, without any delegation of judicial authority from the Crown, form to this day the supreme and final court of English law, judging in the last resort for the whole kingdom, and sitting upon the lives of the peerage, in their ancient and genuine character, as the pares of one another.
Page 129 - So that the liberties of England cannot but subsist so long as this palladium remains sacred and inviolate, not only from all open attacks (which none will be so hardy as to make) but also from all secret machinations which may sap and undermine it...

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