But why do I argue any more about
this law? as if the object aimed at were to enable any one to appeal? The object
is, the inevitable consequence must be, that no one can ever be prosecuted under
those laws. For what prosecutor will be found insane enough to be willing, after
the defendant has been condemned, to expose himself to the fury of a hired mob?
or what judge will be bold enough to venture to condemn a criminal, knowing that
he will immediately be dragged before a gang of hireling operatives? It is not,
therefore, a right of appeal that is given by that law, but two most salutary
laws and modes of judicial investigation that are abolished. And what is this
but exhorting young men to be turbulent, seditious, mischievous citizens?
To what extent of mischief will it not be possible to instigate the frenzy of
the tribunes now that these two rights of impeachment for violence and for
treason are annulled?