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The Daily Dispatch: November 1, 1860., [Electronic resource], The election Fraud in Philadelphia--Conviction. (search)
n densely packed, and when the jury appeared and took their places in the box the excitement reached fever heat. As Mr. Sharkie was about to lake the verdict, Mr. Brewster, one of the counsel for the defendant, arose and said on behalf of Mr. Birely, he objected to the reception of a sealed verdict. The Act of Assembly made thisus, and upon the grade of punishment this was a felony, and consequently there could be no separation of a jury without the consent of the prisoner's counsel. Mr. Brewster asked the Judge to make a note of their objection.--The verdict was then taken. It was "guilty." Mr. Brewster then asked the Court to defer action on theThe verdict was then taken. It was "guilty." Mr. Brewster then asked the Court to defer action on the verdict until Saturday, and in the mean while if there was any question as to the bail, it might be increased to any amount. Judge Thompson said that under the peculiar circumstances of this case, he could not take bail.