Principles of Penal Law 3D Ed. London, Printed for B. White and T. Cadell, 1775

Principles of Penal Law 3D Ed. London, Printed for B. White and T. Cadell, 1775

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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. 1775 edition. Excerpt: ...of that wisdomwhich characlerizes the English, as a people, in the whole system and administration of their Laws, that all the artifices of speech are banished from the Bar. The-pafiions ought not to be addrefied in appeals to the reason. The unsubsiantial harmony of declamatimi may be well adapted to the ears of an arbitrary tribunal: but the decifions of English Judges are founded on the argumentativein ferences ferences of stricft statutes, and recorded precedcnts.-Our courts have furnished proofs indeed, that the sh-ains of ancient eloquence are neither inimitable, nor unattainable; but a nobler and more proper theatre hath been found for the exertion of that talent. Plain sense, delivered in accurate expreslion, with a warm and gracesul articulation, is the true eloquence of law., But to return to my inquiry, how far Counsel ought to be admitted, either for, or against the defendant, in criminal prosecutions. Upon the whole, perhaps it might; be the best medium, in all cases, to confine the discuslion of the fail: to the artlefs unguided tale of the witnefies; with a full permisiion to Counfel, on both sides indifferently, to suggest, support," or refute questions, or objeetions of law, and to undertake. the management at large, when the issue turns not upon the general question of 46 Guilty" or 44 Not Guilty," but upon collateral facts 7. It might be proper at the same time to declare, how far trivial mislakes, in matters of mere form, should continue fatal to the whole process; andiwhether any exceptions of counsel should be heard or-allowed 5, but what tend in some degree to.asTeCt the merits of the No evidence can be received of any overt aft, not charged in the indictment; except, as in support only of one more

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