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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. 1768 edition. Excerpt: ...the Rack is quite unnecessary. Jf the Crime be not known, the Rack ought not to be applied applied to the Party accused; for this Reason, 'That the Innocent ought not to be tortured; and, in the Eye of the Law, every Person is innocent whose Crime is not yet f roved. It is undoubtedly extremely necessary, that no Crime, after it has been proved, should remain unpunished. The Party accused on the Rack, whilst in the Agonies of Torture, is not Master enough of himself to be able to declare the Truth. Can we give more Credit to a Man, when he is light-headed in a Fever, than when he enjoys the free Use of his Reason in a State os Health? The Sensation os Pain may arise to such a Height, that, aster having subdued the whole Soul, it will leave her no longer the Liberty os producing any proper Act os the Will, except that os taking the shortest instantaneous Method, in the very twinkling of an Eye, as it were, of getting rid of her Torment. In such an Extremity, even-an innocent Person will roar out, that he is guilty, only to gain some Respite from his Tortures Thus the very fame Expedient, which is made use of to distinguish the Innocent from the Guilty, will take away the whole Difference between them; and the Judges will be as uncertain, whether they have an innocent or a guilty Person before them, as they were before the Beginning of this partial Way of Examination. The Rack, therefore, is a sure Method os condemning an. innocent Person os a weakly Constitution, and os acquitting a wicked Wretch, who depends upon the RobustBess of his Frame 195. (2.) The Rack is likewise made use of to oblige the Party accused to clear up (as they term it) the Contradictions in which he has involved himselfin the Course os his Examination; as if the more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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