Considerations on the Law of Libel; As Relating to Publications on the Subject of Religion

Considerations on the Law of Libel; As Relating to Publications on the Subject of Religion

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ...the Judge, touching, as with the point of a needle, the very pivot of some puzzling question, and revealing all its hidden bearings, as with one piercing ray of light. They can also speak plainly, if they like, on the subject of religious libel; so as that the free inquirer in religion--and even he ought to be frankly and sincerely dealt with---might have fair notice and warning of the degree of peril he may incur by publishing his opinions. If-it be true, as reported, that a toleration of all sober argument has been solemnly promised from the Bench, in some of the later trials; and that, in others, such toleration has been proclaimed by the hour together, as the law of the land, by the oflicial prosecutor himself, without contradiction from the Bench; will such declarations be, or not, any tie on the decisions of future judges? If the common law be an aggregate of the decisions and expositions of former judges, what modification may it be deemed to have derived from these declarations? If none at all---if the pledge so given, or so said to have been, have been given-precipitately or insincerely, and no real intention exists, on the part of the judges, of construing the law on this principle, further than necessity for the time being may constrain them; some means there ought to be, whereby the parties interested might know what was meant for law, and what for rhetorical flourish only. A judge should be very cautious how he gives a man encouragement at one time, to do that for which he will fine and imprison him at another. Or if he have done so, inconsiderately or otherwise, then he, or' his brethren of the Bench, ought to make conscience of providing 'ample explanation, in some E shape or other. In what particular manner it might...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236742087
  • 9781236742087