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By Karen T. Westermann

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This shocked everyone in the courtroom. Peter’s own lawyer had confessed that he had indeed printed criticisms about the government. At this, Attorney General Bradley said the jury was only to decide whether or not Zenger had printed the articles. Once they decided that, it was up to the judge to decide if they were libelous. Knowing that Judge Delancey would of course say they were libelous, and that Peter On Trial would then be hanged, Hamilton had another plan—one that would change history. Since no one was denying that Peter had printed the articles, the witnesses were dismissed.

When no one came forward to say who wrote the articles, Judge Delancey then made another offer to Peter; if he would tell who the writers were, Cosby would give him 100 pounds. Peter refused. Imprisonment On November 17, 1734, John Peter Zenger was placed under arrest by an order from His Majesty’s Council. Judge Harrison came with the sheriff to take him to jail. His cell was small, dark, cold, and damp. There were insects and rats. Straw covered the floor and there was a three-legged stool and a small table.

The Court were of the opinion that I was entitled to have a struck jury. ” The selection of a fair jury was a problem that had to be solved before the trial could begin. Zenger continues: “My friends told him [the clerk] that a great number of these persons were not freeholders; that others were persons holding . . offices at the Governor’s pleasure; that others were . . ; that as to the few indifferent men that were upon that list, they had reason to believe (as they had heard) that Mr. Attorney [Bradley] had a list of them, to Imprisonment strike them out.

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