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To Define the Crime of Murder, Provide Penalty Therefor, and to Abolish the ...
Newton Martin Curtis
No preview available - 2014
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Page 10 - And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea ; into your hand are they delivered.
Page 14 - Municipal law, thus understood, is properly defined to be "a rule of civil conduct prescribed by the supreme power in a state, commanding what is right, and prohibiting what is wrong.
Page 36 - But suppose it passed ; suppose one of these men, as I have seen them, — meagre with famine, sullen with despair, careless of a life which your lordships are perhaps about to value at something less than the price of a...
Page 3 - that if any person or persons shall, within any fort, arsenal, dock-yard, magazine, or in any other place, or district of country, under the sole and exclusive jurisdiction of the United States, commit the crime of wilful murder, such person or persons, on being thereof convicted, shall suffer death.
Page 6 - ... all laws and parts of laws inconsistent with this act are hereby repealed...
Page 22 - Or gives any intelligence to, or holds or entertains any intercourse with, an enemy or rebel, without leave from the President, the Secretary of the Navy, the commander in chief of the fleet, the commander of the squadron, or, in case of a vessel acting singly, from his commanding officer; 5.
Page 36 - Will you erect a gibbet in every field and hang up men like scarecrows? or will you proceed (as you must to bring this measure into effect) by decimation? place the county under martial law?
Page 36 - ... from a family which he lately supported in peaceful industry, and which it is not his fault that he can no longer so support; — suppose this man, and there are ten thousand such from whom you may select your victims, dragged into court, to be tried for this new offence, by this new law; still, there are two things wanting to convict and condemn him; and these are, in my opinion, — twelve butchers for a jury, and a Jefferies for a judge!