Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Rhode Island Volume 1

Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Rhode Island Volume 1

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...when the Attorney General was proceeding to indict the witness, had come to him, stating that the testimony was untrue, and making such explanations, that he did not deem it advisable to press the prosecution. Hazard 5 Jenckes, for the plaintiff. Bradley, for the defendant. The matters complained of in the declarations as libellous may be divided into two classes. In the one, the plaintiff is charged with the crime of subornation of perjury, and is also called a convicted felon; in the other, with matters and things which, though not amounting to crime, yet tend, as is contended by hiscounsel, to disgrace and degrade him in the public estimation. To charge a man with crime is libellous; and so it is to charge him with that which, though not criminal, yet degrades him in the eyes of the public, and exposes him to contempt. The defence to the charge of subornation of perjury is, that it is substantially true. If this be proved it is a good defence. The same defence is made to the charge of beinga legally convicted felon. The defendant has offered evidence, that the plaintiff has been convicted of selling spirituous liquors in violation to the license law, and contends that it is as a convicted offender under the license law, that the terms " convicted felon " are applied to him. At common law, the term felony comprehends a large class of high crimes, as well as those of a less atrocious character. A felony at common law always drew after it a forfeiture of goods and chattels. A violation of the license law is a misdemeanor. If the jury think the term " convicted felon " in the publication, taken in connection with the context and with the evidence in the cause, would be understood by the public to mean only more

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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236961579
  • 9781236961570