Proceedings and Debates of the Convention of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to Propose Amendments to the Constitution; Commenced and Held at Harrisburg, on the Second Day of May, 1837 Volume 1

Proceedings and Debates of the Convention of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to Propose Amendments to the Constitution; Commenced and Held at Harrisburg, on the Second Day of May, 1837 Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ... holding any other to which the people may choose to elect him. Mr. Sergeant resumed. Then, sir, you are to suppose that the officer may be disqualified by the judgment of the Senate, for a particular office, but may, nevertheless, hold any other. I would ask the gentleman whether he desires to see such a state of things in this Commonwealth, as, that a man, who, by reason of his conviction of an infamous offence, or of gross official abuse, is ineligible to one office, may, notwithstanding, be eligible to another? I put to him the case--his favorite one for illustration, if you please--that of a judge: A judge who has come under the sanction required by the Constitution, who has acknowledged his obligation to decide according to law and justice--which is the oath of a judge in Pennsylvania--and yet has received a bribe, and decided contrary to his own judgment and knowledge. Is it possible! Is it possible, in any country, having the slightest pretension to a form of government, that such a convict shall be allowed to hold any other office; branded with infamy, as he may be, according to the nature of the conviction; a violator of his oath; a practiser of injustice, oppression or fraud, for a bribe, for a mercenary object of his own; bearing upon him the everlasting brand of infamy, by being held ineligible to the office from which he has been driven, should yet be allowed to hold another office of equal or greater trust? What do you say of a man who has been convicted of a felony, or the crimen falsi--of that species of crime which is infamous? la he permitted to sit in a jury box? No, no! Is he allowed to be heard as a witness? No: No man is required to sit alongside of him in the administration of justice. No man can suffer from his evidence...show more

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  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 617g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236609115
  • 9781236609113