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Life, confession, and letters of courtship of Rev. Jacob S. Harden of the M.E. Church, Mount Lebanon, Hunterdon Co., N.J.  Executed for the murder of his wife on the 6th of July 1860, at Belvidere, Warren Co., N.J.

Life, confession, and letters of courtship of Rev. Jacob S. Harden of the M.E. Church, Mount Lebanon, Hunterdon Co., N.J. Executed for the murder of his wife on the 6th of July 1860, at Belvidere, Warren Co., N.J.

by Harden, Jacob S., defendant

Hackettstown, NJ: E. Winton, printer, 1860. 8vo (24 cm, 9.5"). 48 pp., frontis. port. Harden (1837–60) "poisoned his wife with arsenic after a fortuneteller had told him that she would not live long. His mother-in-law was the real cause of the crime for she hounded until he reluctantly married the girl, although there does not seem to have been any necessity that he do so" (McDade).    Felcone adds that soon after he met Miss Louisa Dorland, "Louisa's mother was... Read more
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Investigative psychotherapy in certain types of criminals.

Investigative psychotherapy in certain types of criminals.

by Zilboorg, Gregory

[New York: New York State Journal of Medicine, 1943]. Small 4to (25.5 cm, 10"). 928–[930], [1] pp. A paper "reprinted from New York State Journal of Medicine, Vol. 43, No. 10, May 15, 1943."    Gregory Zilboorg (1890–1959) was a Ukrainian-born psychoanalyst and historian of psychiatry who emigrated to the U.S. in 1919, studied at Columbia, and after graduating in 1926 worked at the Bloomingdale Hospital and eventually established a psychoanalytic practice in New York City,... Read more
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Examination of witnesses. Hints for conducting a trial. The examination-in-chief. Duty of opposing counsel. Cross-examination.

Examination of witnesses. Hints for conducting a trial. The examination-in-chief. Duty of opposing counsel. Cross-examination.

Des Moines: Mills & Co., 1877. 8vo (8.75"). 46 pages. An introductory, practical, handbook on these topics. WorldCat finds only eight libraries reporting ownership. Removed from a nonce volume; Issued in wrappers, lacking rear one; front wrapper and title-leaf detached but present.
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A Compleat Collection of State-Tryals, and Proceedings upon Impeachments for High Treason, and Other Crimes and Misdemeanours [with] A Supplement [in two volumes] to the Four Volumes of the First Edition. Six Volumes [complete]. Folio

A Compleat Collection of State-Tryals, and Proceedings upon Impeachments for High Treason, and Other Crimes and Misdemeanours [with] A Supplement [in two volumes] to the Four Volumes of the First Edition. Six Volumes [complete]. Folio

London: Printed for Timothy Goodwin [and five others] [imprints vary], 1719-30. Contemporary panelled calf, quite worn, joints cracked, one board loose, spines varnished, the bindings not uniform, minor staining; a clean working set First edition of the state trials, the massive effort continued and expanded upon for over a century and offering (in Holdsworth's words) "a unique value for constitutional and legal historians, and a very considerable value [for many others]
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Judgment of the court in relation to the Rev. Stephen H. Tyng, Jr., together with the Admonition, by the Rt. Rev. H. Potter, D.D., bishop of New York.

Judgment of the court in relation to the Rev. Stephen H. Tyng, Jr., together with the Admonition, by the Rt. Rev. H. Potter, D.D., bishop of New York.

by Episcopal Church. Diocese of New York

New York: Pott & Amery, 1868. 8vo. 23 pp. Rev. Tyng was tried and found guilty of preaching in someone else's cure without permission. Removed from a nonce volume. Respined with archive tissue.
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Sampson against the Philistines, or the reformation of lawsuits; and justice made cheap, speedy, and brought home to every man's door. Agreeably to the principles of the ancient trial by jury, before the same was innovated by judges and lawyers.

Sampson against the Philistines, or the reformation of lawsuits; and justice made cheap, speedy, and brought home to every man's door. Agreeably to the principles of the ancient trial by jury, before the same was innovated by judges and lawyers.

by Duane, William

Philadelphia: Pr. by B. Graves, for W. Duane, 1805. 8vo. 96 pp. Second edition." The work is variously also ascribed to Jesse Higgins or William Sampson. Writer wishes to eliminate or seriously reduce the roles of judges and lawyers in jury trials.         Shaw & Shoemaker 9307; Sabin 75924. Removed from a nonce volume. Uncut and partially unopened copy. Dusty.
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The first trial of William Hone, on an ex-officio information. At Guildhall, London, December 18, 1817, before Mr. Justice Abbott and a special jury, for publishing a parody on the late John Wilkes's Catechism of a Ministerial Member. Ninth edition.

The first trial of William Hone, on an ex-officio information. At Guildhall, London, December 18, 1817, before Mr. Justice Abbott and a special jury, for publishing a parody on the late John Wilkes's Catechism of a Ministerial Member. Ninth edition.

by Hone, William (defendant)

London: Pr. by and for William Hone, 1817. 8vo. 48 pp. William Hone was tried, and acquitted, on charge of libel against the Book of Common Prayer for publishing a political parody of the catechism of the Church of England. Good. Stitched; without wrappers. Scattered staining and spotting; pages lightly browned.
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The trial, confessions and conviction of Jesse and Stephen Boorn for the murder of Russell Colvin, and the return of the man supposed to have been murdered.

The trial, confessions and conviction of Jesse and Stephen Boorn for the murder of Russell Colvin, and the return of the man supposed to have been murdered.

by Sargeant, Leonard

Manchester, VT: Journal Book & Job Office, 1873. 8vo (23.3 cm, 9.25"). 48 pp. The trial of the Boorns "is one of the most famous cases of American criminal law and a constant reminder that innocent persons can be convicted. Russell Colvin, the alleged victim, had married a sister of the Boorns and had several children by her. He was mentally deficient and disappeared in 1812. Local gossip credited the Boorns with having disposed of him, presumably because he was a burden on the family. In... Read more
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Message from the President of the United States, communicating, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, the proceedings of the two courts of inquiry in the case of Major General Pillow.

Message from the President of the United States, communicating, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, the proceedings of the two courts of inquiry in the case of Major General Pillow.

by Pillow, Gideon Johnson, defendant

[Washington: Government Printing Office], 1848. 8vo. 635 pp. Publication of the proceedings of the two courts of inquiry in the case of Major General Pillow, one commenced and terminated in Mexico, the other commenced there and terminated in the United States. During the Mexican War his former law partner James K. Polk, then the President of the U.S.,appointed him brigadier general of Tennessee volunteers. Pillow participated in the battles leading to the surrender of Mexico City and was made a major... Read more
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Cases argued and adjudged, in the court of King's Bench, at Westminster, in the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th years of the reign of His late Majesty, King George, the Second [1733–38]. During which time the late Lord Chief Justice Hardwicke presided in that court. To which are added, some determinations of the late Lord Chief Justice Lee; and also two equity ones by Lord Chancellor Hardwicke. Published under the inspection of a noble lord, and eminent lawyer. With notes and references to all the contemporary reporters. Likewise, two tables; one of the names of the cases; and the other of the principal matters therein containe (sic).

Cases argued and adjudged, in the court of King's Bench, at Westminster, in the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th years of the reign of His late Majesty, King George, the Second [1733–38]. During which time the late Lord Chief Justice Hardwicke presided in that court. To which are added, some determinations of the late Lord Chief Justice Lee; and also two equity ones by Lord Chancellor Hardwicke. Published under the inspection of a noble lord, and eminent lawyer. With notes and references to all the contemporary reporters. Likewise, two tables; one of the names of the cases; and the other of the principal matters therein containe (sic).

by Great Britain. Court of King's Bench

London: Pr. by W. Strahan & M. Woodfall, for W. Johnston & G. Kearsley, 1770. Folio (13 cm, 12.125"). [8] ff. (ff. [1]–[2] lacking), 417, [1 (blank)] pp., [12] cm, ff. (ff. [10]–[12] lacking). A distressed, reading copy for a scholar not in need of the title-page and its following leaf and not concerned with condition.         Sweet & Maxwell (2nd ed.) I, 295. On Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, see: Dictionary of National Biography, LXIII, 346–51. Ex-library... Read more
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A full and authentic report of the testimony on the trial of Matt. F. Ward, .... With the speeches of Gov. Crittenden, Gov. Helm, T.F. Marshall, Esq., and Nathaniel Wolfe, Esq., and the reply of Alfred Allen, Esq., Attorney for the Commonwealth. Reported by A.D. Richardson.

A full and authentic report of the testimony on the trial of Matt. F. Ward, .... With the speeches of Gov. Crittenden, Gov. Helm, T.F. Marshall, Esq., and Nathaniel Wolfe, Esq., and the reply of Alfred Allen, Esq., Attorney for the Commonwealth. Reported by A.D. Richardson.

by Richardson, A. D

New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1854. 8vo. [4 (1 blank)], (7)-176 pp. Stated on the title-page, "Certified to be correct by Thomas D. Brown, clerk of Hardin Circuit Court; Wm. Alexander, former Commonwealth Attorney for the Hardin District; and Judge Alex. Walker, of New Orleans..." This is the transcript of the infamous murder trial of Matthew F[luornoy] Ward in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Matt Ward was charged with the murder of Louisville High School principal William H.G. Butler. Mr. Butler... Read more
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The Tryal of Philip Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, Before the Peers in Westminster-Hall, on Thursday the 4th of April 1678. Wing T2209. Folio

The Tryal of Philip Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, Before the Peers in Westminster-Hall, on Thursday the 4th of April 1678. Wing T2209. Folio

London: N.p., 1679. Original ?self-wraps, re-sewn and repaired, ink squiggles, notations and markings on the title, else a good clean copy; no copy in a law library in ESTC A fine example of the peculiarities of English law, the Earl, indicted for murder, claiming his right to be tried by his peers in the House of Lords, is there convicted of manslaughter only, and so invokes his privilege of peerage and is discharged
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Doctors on Trial

Doctors on Trial

by Hardwick, Michael

Herbert Jenkins, London, 1961. First Edition. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Good Condition (ex-library)/Good. Illustrator: Photographic. foreword by author, list of photographs. The text is illustrated with 11 pages of black and white photography. Black coloured cloth covered boards with built titles to the backstrip. Blue coloured tint to the top textblock edge. Illustrated dustwrapper with purple and white coloured title of the front panel and backstrip. Five trials in England... Read more
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An Exact and particular narrative of a cruel and inhumane murder attempted on the body of Edward Crispe, esq., at St. Edmunds-Bury in Suffolk, ... by Arundel Coke, esq., barrister at law, and John Woodburn, a laborer.  Together with both their examinations and confessions ... : also the information of John Carter, a blacksmith, and the declaration of Mr. Crispe himself ...

An Exact and particular narrative of a cruel and inhumane murder attempted on the body of Edward Crispe, esq., at St. Edmunds-Bury in Suffolk, ... by Arundel Coke, esq., barrister at law, and John Woodburn, a laborer. Together with both their examinations and confessions ... : also the information of John Carter, a blacksmith, and the declaration of Mr. Crispe himself ...

by Coke, Arundel, & John Woodburn (defendants)

London: Printed for J. Roberts, 1722. 8vo in 4s (19 cm). 28 pp. Includes "True copies of their commitment to prison, and an extract of an act of Parliament, relating to their case. Faithfully collected from the original papers." The second edition. => Barrister Coke bungled his repeated attempted murder for gain but ended up being the first person convicted and executed under the "Coventry Act.         ESTC T115485. Removed from a nonce volume. Very good.
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The old Stadt Huys of New Amsterdam: a paper read before the New York Historical Society, June 15th, 1875.

The old Stadt Huys of New Amsterdam: a paper read before the New York Historical Society, June 15th, 1875.

by Gerard, James W

New York: F.B. Patterson [Press of Kilbourne Tompkins], 1875. 8vo. [1] f., 59, [1 (blank)] pp., [1 (blank)] f. History of the old Stadt Huys, with information of interest for the history of New Amsterdam, including records of trials conducted there. Good. Original printed front wrapper, brittle, chipped without loss of printed area, and lightly soiled; rear wrapper lacking. Pages with a little shallow chipping and light waterstaining in the bottom margins; title-page and last page very lightly soiled.... Read more
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The trial of Charles Angus, Esq. on an indictment for the wilful murder of Margaret Burns, at the Assizes held at Lancaster, on Friday, 2d Sept. 1808, before the Hon. Sir Alan Chambre.

The trial of Charles Angus, Esq. on an indictment for the wilful murder of Margaret Burns, at the Assizes held at Lancaster, on Friday, 2d Sept. 1808, before the Hon. Sir Alan Chambre.

by Angus, Charles (defendant)

Liverpool: Printed by William Jones, [1808]. 8vo (21 cm, 8.25"). [2] ff., 288 pp. Murder by poison seems to be a perpetually fascinating topic for the lay, the medical professional, and Agatha Christie — and this trial of Angus for using that method of doing in Miss Burns is no exception. Its record was taken in shorthand by William Jones, Jun., and contains => important material relating to medical jurisprudence and forensic medicine.    The trial was a sensation: Angus, a Scots... Read more
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The parole and documentary evidence, delivered before a committee of the house of representatives, appointed to inquire into the conduct of the governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The parole and documentary evidence, delivered before a committee of the house of representatives, appointed to inquire into the conduct of the governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

by Pennsylvania. General Assembly. House of Representatives. Committee appointed to inquire into the conduct of the Governor, William Findlay

[Harrisburg, PA]: Pr. by J. Wyeth, [1820]. 8vo. [2] ff., 275, [1 (blank)], 19, [1 (blank)], 26, 50, 19, [1 (blank)] pp. Findlay was accused of accepting payments and loans from his appointees. The General Assembly cleared him of all charges, and he went on to serve as senator from Pennsylvania and director of the U.S. Mint.         Shoemaker 2690. Good. Removed from a nonce volume. First four leaves detached and brittle with shallow chipping in the margins. Pages lightly browned with scattered... Read more
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Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury in regard to expenses arising from Chase’s trial.

Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury in regard to expenses arising from Chase’s trial.

by Gallatin, Albert

City of Washington: A. & G. Way, printers, 1807. 8vo. [2] ff. (versos blank). Accompanying the bill on the subject presented the 7th December, 1807." Relates to the impeachment trial of Judge Samuel Chase. The trial before the U. S. Senate of U. S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase (1741–1811) for his excessively partisan behavior in the political trials of Fries and Callender marked a low point in the history of the federal judiciary.         Shaw & Shoemaker 13951. Removed... Read more
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[drop-title] Report of the committee appointed to investigate the official conduct of Thomas Sergeant, Secretary of the Commonwealth.

[drop-title] Report of the committee appointed to investigate the official conduct of Thomas Sergeant, Secretary of the Commonwealth.

by Pennsylvania. General Assembly. House of Representatives

[Harrisburg, 1819]. 8vo. 26 pp.. Sergeant is alleged to have solicited $2000 a year from applicants for the post of clerk, the money to be paid to a relative; and, in other ways here enumerated, to have misused his office to the detriment of the government, all while serving as Secretary of the Commonwealth.    The American Antiquarian Society catalog record for this work gives the pagination as "26, [2] p." and says "Text stops in midsentence on p. [27]." Shaw & Shoemaker... Read more
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The Rhode Island question. Mr. Webster's argument in the Supreme Court of the United States, in the case of Martin Luther vs. Luther M. Borden and others, January 27th, 1848.

The Rhode Island question. Mr. Webster's argument in the Supreme Court of the United States, in the case of Martin Luther vs. Luther M. Borden and others, January 27th, 1848.

by Webster, Daniel

Washington: Pr. by J. & G.S. Gideon, 1848. 8vo. 20 pp. Webster seeks to have the convictions of several supporters of Dorr in the "Dorr Rebellion" overturned. In 1841 and 1842 dissidents sought to write a new state constitution and establish a new government. Their efforts were labelled "rebellion" by the government established under the old constitution. Removed from a nonce volume. Very good condition.
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Manifest of charges preferred to the Navy Department and subsequently to Congress, against Jesse Duncan Elliott, Esq., a Captain in the Navy of the United States, for unlawful conduct while Commodore of the late Mediterranean Squadron; and a refutation of the recrimination raised by that officer. By Charles Crillon Barton of the United States Navy.

Manifest of charges preferred to the Navy Department and subsequently to Congress, against Jesse Duncan Elliott, Esq., a Captain in the Navy of the United States, for unlawful conduct while Commodore of the late Mediterranean Squadron; and a refutation of the recrimination raised by that officer. By Charles Crillon Barton of the United States Navy.

by Barton, Charles Crillon

[Philadelphia]: Privately Printed, 1839. 8vo. 46 pp., [1 (blank)] f., 24 pp. Controversy plagued Capt. Elliott's naval career. During the Battle of Lake Erie, some — including Commodore Perry — thought he held back too long thus causing serious damage to the American forces. Here are published the charges brought by junior officers concerning Elliott's actions during his command of the Mediterranean Squadron.         Sabin 3828. Removed from a nonce volume. Stapled and respined... Read more
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Report of the committee appointed on the 20th of October last, to prepare and report articles of impeachment, against John Pickering, district judge of the district of New Hampshire, who was impeached by this House, during the last session, of high crimes and misdemeanors. 27th December, 1803. Read, and referred to a committee of the whole House, on Thursday next.

Report of the committee appointed on the 20th of October last, to prepare and report articles of impeachment, against John Pickering, district judge of the district of New Hampshire, who was impeached by this House, during the last session, of high crimes and misdemeanors. 27th December, 1803. Read, and referred to a committee of the whole House, on Thursday next.

by United States. Congress. House

[Washington, 1803]. 8vo. 9 pp.. Printed here are the four articles of impeachment presented to the Senate by the House managers on 4 January 1804. He was charged with drunkenness and unfair rulings, and was impeached and later removed from office (March 12, 1804). He was the first U.S. official to be impeached.         Shaw & Shoemaker 5459. Removed from a nonce volume. A librarian's lightly pencilled notation on title-page. Very good.
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The case of Henry Ward Beecher. Opening address by Benjamin F. Tracy, of counsel for the defendant.

The case of Henry Ward Beecher. Opening address by Benjamin F. Tracy, of counsel for the defendant.

by Tracy, Benjamin F

New York: George W. Smith & Company, 1875. 8vo. 92 pp. Concerning one of the most publicized scandals of the post-Civil War era. The defendant, Henry Ward Beecher, had been sued by the plaintiff, Theodore Tilton, for having an adulterous affair with his wife Elizabeth Tilton. The trial began in January 1875. Removed from a nonce volume; in original front wrapper, back wrapper missing; Wrapper heavily soiled. Pp. 89–92 chipped at lower inner corner, with loss of text.
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Report of the evidence at the trial of Levi & Laban Kenniston, before Hon. Samuel Putnam, on an indictment for the robbery of Major Elijah P. Goodridge, December 19, 1816.

Report of the evidence at the trial of Levi & Laban Kenniston, before Hon. Samuel Putnam, on an indictment for the robbery of Major Elijah P. Goodridge, December 19, 1816.

by Kenniston, Levi, Laban Kenniston, defendants

Salem, [MA]: Printed by T.C. Cushing, 1817. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). 32 pp. Daniel Webster was one of the defense attorneys in this bizarre case: He had only shortly earlier resumed private practice following service in the U.S. Congress. The case involved the "respected" and definitely "plugged in" Goodridge who accused => the mentally challenged Kenniston brothers of robbery. The cards seemed stacked against the two until Webster rose and began his defense, and stitch by stitch... Read more
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The Proceedings and Tryal [of the Seven Bishops] [with] Atkyns, An Inquiry into the Power of Dispensing with Penal Statutes [with] Atkyns, The Power, Jurisdiction and Priviledge of Parliament [with] Langhorne, King's Right in Dispensing with The Penal Laws

The Proceedings and Tryal [of the Seven Bishops] [with] Atkyns, An Inquiry into the Power of Dispensing with Penal Statutes [with] Atkyns, The Power, Jurisdiction and Priviledge of Parliament [with] Langhorne, King's Right in Dispensing with The Penal Laws

London: Imprints vary; Wing S564, A4138, A4141, and L396, all folios, 1687-89. Contemporary calf, rebacked, with the portrait and two advertising leaves (one repaired), generally clean and well preserved; the Taussig copies Four works central to English constitutional law and the Glorius Revolution, establishing the right of Parliament to legislate without subsequent Royal derogation and strengthening the power of the jury as the ultimate constitutional arbiter
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