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Penn, William - Jury Goes to Prison - Preface

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 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.

William Penn 
6 Howell's State Trials, Page 951 
Trial of William Penn
(1670)

 

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. 

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5155stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 01, 1999

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016


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