Proceedings of the Courts.
Hustings Court, Friday Dec. 12th
Present: Recorder Caskie
, and Aldermen E A. J. Clapton
, Wm. W. Timberlake
and George S. Gwathmay
otherwise called Martin Harvey
, was put on trial for receiving a gold watch stolen from Sarah Johnson
, knowing the same to have been stolen; and the jury finding him guilty, the Court
, in consideration of the fact that he was a soldier, only put him in jail for thirty days.
Richard D Mitchell
was tried for misdemeanor, in assaulting Wm. H. Beveridge
, and was fined $21 and the costs of Court.
George W. Nelson
was put on trial for misdemeanor, in having, on the 14th day of August last with thirteen others, broken out of the city jail.
It was in proof that Nelson
had been in jail for ten months for an alleged felony for which the grand jury had never found an indictment.
Two of his fellow-prisoners, Melvin Davenport
and Charles Toothacre
, testified that when the scheme for breaking out was maturing Nelson
refused to aid the parties engaged, and after they had gone had to be persuaded to get out. His repugnance was based on the idea that of the grand jury did not indict him he would be discharged anyhow — After his escape he was picked up on Cary street drunk.
He was acquitted by the jury.
and Pat Murphy
, fined for an assault by the Court
, on Thursday, paid to the Clerk
the amount and costs of prosecution.
emancipated by Wm. Chamberlayne
, and John Marx
, emancipated by Wm O George, were permitted to remain in the State
on proving good characters for sobriety and honesty.
John R. Aitem
was fined $10 and costs for permitting his slave, Wm., Jackson
, to go at large, contrary to law.
, bound in a recognizance of $100 with Daniel Ratcliffe
his surety, to appear and answer a change of misdemeanor, belong called, and not answering, his bond was declared forfeited; whereupon Mr. Ratcliffe
paid the amount in Court.
A scire facias
was issued against George Rich and Joseph Raskam
on a recognizance entered into by said parties for $200 on the 15th November, for their appearance, which they forfeited by falling to comply with its conditions.
A nolle prosequi
was entered in the respective cases against George W. Clackner
and Jas Polk
, indicted at the last term of the Court
for extortion and bribery.
This course was taken by the Attorney
for the Commonwealth
, by and with the advice of the Court
, Recorder Caskie
It was stated to the Court
that Robert Ould
, Judge Advocate
of the Court
-Martial now in session here, had certified in reference to the proceedings sought to be maintained against Mr. Clackner
, that he had been ‘"deeply wronged."’ Mr. Ould
's statement was endorsed as correct by Gen. Winder
and by Mr. Danney
, on whose oath the indictment was found against Clackner.
Under these circumstances, Mr. Daniel
, Commonwealth's Attorney said that he could do no less than ask that the prosecution against Clackner be dismissed.
The charge against Polk
was likewise dismissed.
The two men. Bernard Shaw
and Theo. Woodhail
, (late Detectives) who really did extort and receive the bribes spoken of, it was stated in Court had escaped to the North
, and were now in the service of the Lincoln Government
The indictment against James Coggins
, for misdemeanor, was quashed by a nolle prosequi,
entered by the attorney for the Commonwealth
John T. Smith
and William Reed
were set to the bar for examination on the charge of entering the Linwood House
, on the night of the 20th of November, and stealing from Wm. M. Murray
, a boarder, a gold watch, worth $150, and from Oliver F. Webster
, another boarder, one pair of boots and two cloth coats valued at $200. The witnesses for the Commonwealth
being called and falling to respond, the case was continued until the next term.
Rules were awarded against Wm. A Wright and others, who had failed to appear and testify.
Mayor's Court, Friday,
Dec.12.--An examination of the change against J. D. Stewart
and D R Goldsworth, for fighting in the 1st Market-House, was continued until Monday.
arrested for participating in the fight, was discharged, the evidence not tending to criminate him.
, a soldier arrested by officer Crone
on a warrant charging him with the larceny of a pair of socks belonging to Susan Fades and of the value of one dollar, was sent to the Provost Marshal
for an assault on Jane Holland
, his wife, was required to give $200 surety to keep the peace.
was required to give $100 to do likewise on the complaint of Mary Riley