Famous Cases of Circumstantial Evidence: With an Introduction on the Theory of Presumptive Proof

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James Cockcroft & Company, 1874 - Crime - 294 pages
 

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Page xv - is very often more convincing, and more satisfactory, than any other kind of evidence ; it is not within the reach and compass of human abilities to invent a train of circumstances, which shall be so connected together as to amount to a proof of guilt, without affording opportunities of contradicting a great part, if not all, of these circumstances.
Page 7 - So strong seemed the case against him, that most of the man's friends advised him to plead guilty, and throw himself on the mercy of the court. This advice he rejected, and when arraigned, pleaded not guilty. The prosecutor swore to the
Page xxii - • that the draught was poison, I should say, most probably, that the symptoms arose from that; but when I don't know that that draught was poison, when I consider that a number of other things might occasion his death, I cannot answer positively to it
Page xii - Those laws which condemn a man to death, on the deposition of a single witness, are fatal to liberty. In right reason there should be two; because a witness who affirms, and the accused who denies, make an equal balance, and a third must incline the
Page xxvii - The wisdom and goodness of our law appears in nothing more remarkably, than in the perspicuity, certainty, 'and clearness of the evidence it requires to fix a crime upon any man, whereby his life, his liberty, or his property can be concerned: herein we glory and pride ourselves, and are justly the envy of all our
Page 32 - had fled from York to Ireland, was taken up in Dublin for a crime of the same stamp, and there condemned and executed. Between his conviction and execution, and again at the fatal tree, he confessed himself to be the very Thomas Geddely who had committed the robbery at York for which the unfortunate James Crow had suffered.
Page 144 - his friend. They listened together, and the groans increasing, as of one dying and in pain, they both instantly arose, and proceeded silently to the door of the next chamber, whence they had heard the groans, and, the door being ajar, saw a light in the room. They entered,
Page xxxvii - evidence in points of importance. In a word, the relation of a fact differs essentially from the demonstration of a theorem; if one step is left out, one link in the chain of ideas constituting a demonstration is omitted, the conclusion will be destroyed; but a fact may be established notwithstanding a disagreement of
Page xxxiv - When the fact itself cannot be proved, that which comes nearest to the proof of the fact, is the proof of the circumstances that necessarily and usually attend such facts, and called presumptions ; and not
Page 86 - gesture had too clearly intimated. Vainly attempting to account for the stained sleeve by the rupture of some swathe with which he had bound his wrist, he was hurried before a magistrate, and, upon the depositions of all the parties, committed to prison

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