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ENQUIRY INTO THE EXTENT OF THE POWER OF JURIES, ON TRIALS OF INDICTMENTS OR INFORMATIONS, FOR PUBLISHING SEDITIOUS, OR THE CRIMINAL WRITINGS, OR LIBELS...

Maseres, Francis


Item #: 61005

Pages: 48 pp.
Published: Dublin; For Messrs. E. Lynch, P. Byrne, et al; 1792. Reprinted in 2007.

Subjects: CRIMINAL JUSTICE, POLITICAL SCIENCE, UNITED KINGDOM

The late 1700s saw a growing number of trials in GreatBritain charging many in the alleged criminal publishing ofseditious or libelous materials in the highly charged after-math of the French Revolution and amid fears of an attemptedcoup against King George III. This uncommon essay waswritten by the Inner Temple bencher whom Bentham called "oneof the most honest lawyers England ever saw," anticipatingHolmes' clear and present danger test (by focusing onovert acts) and entrusting almost all issues to the jury.It includes commentary on the Province of Quebec.Distributed by William S. Hein & Co., Inc.

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