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Penn, William - Jury Goes to Prison - A SHOCKING VERDICT

When the jury reached its unanimous verdict, the court was shocked. "Guilty of speaking in Grace Church." That was the end of the verdict. The Lord Mayor of London shouted at the jury:
 

Was it not an unlawful assembly? You mean he was speaking to a tumult of people there?

 No, the jury said.

No, we did not find that.

Thinking the jury would respectfully give the government an unrespectable verdict, the Lord Mayor was beyond himself. The jury (look for the amazing picture at F2 on this link) would not budge.

The court recorder said:

Gentlemen, you shall not be dismissed until you bring in a verdict which the court will accept. You shall be locked up, without meat, drink, fire and tobacco. You shall not think thus to abuse the court. We will have a verdict by the help of God or you shall starve for it.

Penn's jury was willing to starve for it.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5139stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 01, 1999

Updated Last Revision: Jun 21, 2017


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