Trial transcript of William Penn and William Mead. Image online courtesy Google Books.
The question is not,
whether I am Guilty of this Indictment,
but whether this Indictment be legal.
6 Howell's State Trials, Page 951
Trial of William Penn
Juries today listen to a phrase they don't believe:
You shall deliberate this case,
without food and water,
until you reach a verdict.
One can imagine the average juror's reaction:
Right! I don't think so!!
Typical response from a modern juror. In today's world, who would actually think a judge could order folks not to eat or drink until they decided a case?
But ... in years past ... it is exactly what would be expected. It is exactly what happened to William Penn's jury.
That and much, much more.
Original Release Date: October, 1999
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