Report of the Case of John W. Webster: ... Indicted for the Murder of George Parkman ... Before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts; Including the Hearing on the Petition for a Writ of Error, the Prisoner's Confessional Statements and Application for a Commutation of Sentence, and an Appendix Containing Several Interesting Matters Never Before Published (Google eBook)
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Page 456 - All the laws, which have heretofore been adopted, used and approved in the province, colony or state of Massachusetts Bay, and usually practised on in the courts of law, shall still remain and be in full force until altered or repealed by the legislature ; such parts only excepted as are repugnant to the rights and liberties contained in this constitution.
Page 556 - April next, and that, at two o'clock in the afternoon of that day, you be taken thence to the place of execution, and there be hanged by the neck till you are dead! dead! dead ! And may the Almighty God have mercy on your soul...
Page 2 - Lightfoot then and there instantly died, and so the jurors aforesaid, upon their oath aforesaid, do say, that the said David Beckett, the said John Lightfoot, in manner and form aforesaid, feloniously, wilfully, and of his malice aforethought, did kill and murder...
Page 234 - The evidence must be such as to exclude, to a moral certainty, every hypothesis but that of his guilt of the offense imputed to him ; or, in other words, the facts proved must all be consistent with and point to his guilt not only, but they must be inconsistent with his innocence.
Page 2 - ... with force and arms, at the parish aforesaid, in the county aforesaid, in and upon one JM, in the peace of God and of the commonwealth then and there being, feloniously, wilfully, and of his malice aforethought, did make an assault, and that the said...
Page 232 - Juries have been told from the bench, even in capital cases, that, ' where a violent presumption necessarily arises from circumstances, they are more convincing and satisfactory than any other kind of evidence, because 'facts cannot lie'.
Page 220 - . . . [W]here upon words of reproach, or indeed any other sudden provocation, the parties come to blows, and a combat ensues, no undue advantage being taken or sought on either side: if death ensue, this amounts to manslaughter. And here it matters not what the cause be, whether real or imagined, or who draws or strikes first; provided the occasion be sudden, and not urged as a cloak for pre-existing malice.
Page 217 - Express malice is when one, with a sedate deliberate mind and formed design, doth kill another : which formed design is evidenced by external circumstances discovering that inward intention; as lying in wait, antecedent menaces, former grudges, and concerted schemes to do him some bodily harm.
Page 499 - Every person who shall commit the crime of murder shall suffer the punishment of death for the same," yet it nowhere defines the crimes of murder or manslaughter, with all their minute and carefullyconsidered distinctions and qualifications. For these, we resort to that great repository of rules, principles, and forms, the common law. This we commonly designate as the common law of England...
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