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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I leave the case in your hands, being confident that you have paid most particular
attention to all that has passed, and can have no object in view but to return a
conscientious verdict. Whatever you may do, I trust your verdict will be
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 ...
If a verdict of guilty be returned, what is found by such a verdict? That the prisoner
administered an oath binding to commit any treason or murder, or any felony,
punishable with death. A general verdict on this indictment is just an uncertain ...
It is your duty to return such a verdict as you may think due to the case, taking all
the circumstances into consideration, and to find the panel either Not Guilty, or
the libel Not Proven. - I leave the case in your hands, you being possessed of all
You have no ground for hesitation, therefore, I conceive, in your verdict; and you
will not do justice, if you do not send Mr. Douglas home with his reputation
altogether unstained: which you can do in no other way than by a verdict
acquitting him ...
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