Reports of Cases Before the High Court and Circuit Courts of Justiciary in Scotland. During the Years 1868 [-1885]

Reports of Cases Before the High Court and Circuit Courts of Justiciary in Scotland. During the Years 1868 [-1885]

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...Jury, I do not think that the complainer has suffered any disadvantage. Another set of questions arises upon the admissibility of some of the evidence which was led before the Sheriff. The first of these relates to questions put to witnesses VOL. V. 2 B about the character of the man from whom the prisoner admits he had obtained the stolen watches. This is a nice question. It is said to be impossible to examine witnesses about the character of a possible or probable witness in the cause. If M'Donald had been present at the trial he might have been asked questions about his own character, and is the prosecution not entitled to ask those questions although he does not appear? The facts are these--M'Donald is cited as a witness at the trial for the defence, he does not appear when called, and then the procurator-fiscal asks the witness Elliot, a detective oflicer, the question---What kind of a man do you know this to be? He says that in 1866 M'Donald was convicted of resetting thirty different watches and alberts, and sentenced to eight years' penal servitude; that he was known by the name of 'Jamie the Jeweller, ' and that he Was not aware that be dealt in watches except stolen watches; that he had seen him about the Schipka Pass, where the prisoner's shop was, 8:0. I do not think that this evidence is incompetent. I think it must be taken as a kind of cross upon the statement of the prisoner that he had got the watches from M'Donald. I am, therefore, not disposed to interfere with the conviction and sentence on that ground. The next point is as to the questions put by the police ofiicer M'Kay to the prisoner shortly after apprehending him. Ihave always discouraged such questions, but I do not...show more

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  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 513g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236923049
  • 9781236923042