Excerpt from Two Decades and a Lustrum: Sunset of the Nineteenth Century
All frequenters of our law courts, and those familiar with the cost of criminal procedure and the practice pursued, are well aware that the first step of the prosecuting counsel is to prove motive, and that if the prisoner pleads guilty, he may instruct counsel to be heard in mitigation of sentence, and to plead extenuating circumstances. Qui s'excuse S'accuse, and I fear I must plead guilty, and throw myself on the mercy of the Court, when I stand at the bar of Public Opinion, arraigned on the very grave and serious charge of spoiling good paper With bad verses, I will not presume to call it poetry. The Judges have met - a terrible Show, and to save the time of the Court and the prosecuting counsel.
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