A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors from the Earliest Period to the Year 1783, with Notes and Other Illustrations, Volume 33
Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1826 - Trials
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Having stated thus much, I conceive I have opened the nature of the defence we
mean to plead, at sufficient length to make the opposite side of the bar aware of
the nature of our defence, and I think it unnecessary to detain your lordships any
... but to plead to you, that supposing those facts were brought home to both of
them, the speech and publication in question did not amount to the crime of
sedition. To that admission I still most heartily adhere. It has always been in this
In regard to the question, whether or not his speech was seditious, he pleads that
the right of petitioning necessarily implies the right of previous discussion. If this
be true, apply it to the case before you. At such a meeting a speech may ...
... much I state to you, that if seditious language be used out of doors by persons
in preparing a petition for parliament, even if that petition should embody the
seditious words themselves, it cannot be pleaded against a charge of sedition
I pleaded that the verdict was void, as being uncertain, at least that the mitior a
should be inflicted. Lord Justice Clerk Miller adopted the latter alternative, and
imposed an arbitrary punishment. A similar circumstance occurred in a question ...
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