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Hustings Court, Monday, May 29 --Frances Brown was tried for rioting on the 2d of April, found guilty, and fined $50. Judge Lyons fixed the term of her imprisonment in jail at 4 months. Andrew J. Hawkins, was tried for rioting and acquitted. John Murphy was tried for maliciously shooting and wounding Matthew Callahan, with intent to wound and kill him. The jury found him guilty of unlawful shooting, with intent to maim, and ascertained his term of imprisonment at 4 years in the penitentiary.-- udge Crump, prisoner's counsel, moved to set aside the verdict. The motion will be determined this morning. The grand jury indicted Joseph Zimmerman and Richard Morris for grand larceny.
Examination of Robert S. Forde,charged with the murder of Robert R. Dixon [reported for the Richmond Dispatch] Hustings Court, June 9, 1863 --Present: Recorder Caskie, and Aldermen Sanxay, Gwathmey, Timberlake, and Jonse. The first case taken up was that of Robert S. Forde, on the charge of shooting and killing Robert E. Dixon, in this city, on the 24th day of April last. Messrs. Randolph and Crump appeared for the accused, and Mr. R. T. Daniel for the Commonwealth. Dr. Peachy was the only witness for the Commonwealth ascertained to be absent. Several witnesses for the defence were not present. Gen. Randolph, prisoner's counsel, asked a postponement until Thursday, to afford time to hunt up witnesses believed to be in the city. The Court refused to continue the case, but sent an officer after absent witnesses. The witnesses for the Commonwealth were then sworn. Washington Goodrich was the first witness, who deposed: That on the 24th day of
irst report witness heard was so loud he supposed it was a shot gun; it might have been simultaneous pistol fire; there was a clear distinction between the sounds of the first and second fires; saw smoke twice from the side of the street on which Dixon was standing. Wash Goodrich, excitedly.--I wish to make a statement. I wish to tell this witness if he says I told him I saw Dixon's pistol first he says what is not so; he tells a lie. The Court told Goodrich to stand aside. Mr. Crump asked the Court if any one was to be allowed to come into this Court and intimidate witnesses? If such an act of indecency, indignity and outrage is to be tolerated, let it be known. He trusted in God that there was not a Court in the Commonwealth that would pass by such an offence in silence. The Court mildly reprimanded Mr. Goodrich, and cautioned him not to do so again. Mr. Randolph, in a rather excited manner, said that if witnesses were to be bullied by Baltimore Plug Ugli
The Daily Dispatch: July 18, 1863., [Electronic resource], From Gen. Lee's Army — the enemy also across the Potomac-fight near Charlestown. (search)
Hustings Court. --Misdemeanor cases occupied this Court yesterday. The first case was that of Joseph P. Mulligan, charged with assaulting officer B. F. Morris while in the discharge of his duty. The jury found him guilty and fined him $10, to which punishment the Court added sixty days imprisonment. James McGee, charged with assaulting and beating Alonzo Travers, was next arraigned for trial. Several witnesses were examined and the argument of counsel commenced; but before Judge Crump concluded the hour of 3 o'clock arrived, and the Court adjourned until 10 this morning.
Trial for Homicide. --Yesterday afternoon the trial of Landon W. Shell, indicted for the murder of Patrick Curtis, on the 5th of May last, was commenced before Judge Lyons, of the Hustings Court. The evidence showed that the deceased was seriously injured in a row at a restaurant on 17th street, from the effects of which he died the next night.--Judge Crump and Gen. Marshall appeared for the accused, and Mr. Tazewell for the Commonwealth. The trial will probably conclude to-day.
money, he should discharge the card party for the present. The negroes, he said, were also discharged, they not being subject to confiscation; and the property of Worsham, except the gambling apparatus, was also released from custody, because no exhibition of faro bank, on the night in question, had been made out, and the Legislature had not the constitutional power to pass an expost facto law, confiscating property for gaming that had been carried on before the passage of the act. Judge Crump here reminded the Mayor that no proof had been adduced to show that Worsham had ever been the proprietor of the house, or that it had ever been kept as a gaming-house. He thought that the new law repealed the old one entirely, and introduced evidence to prove that workmen were engaged last week to remodel the house and fit it up for a restaurant. The Mayor did not suppose that the proprietorship would be denied — Indeed he thought it had been admitted. He did not think the new act
Judge Hillburn, of the C. S. Circuit Court, heard the conclusion of Judge Crump's argument yesterday, in the case of C. F. Robertson, who was suing to be released from conscription, he having furnished a substitute in 1862, and complied with all the requirements of the law. Mr. R's substitute, after being in service some time, was claimed and carried off by officers of another company, without furnishing the company from which he was taken any evidence that he was a deserter, or from whan any evidence that he was a deserter, or from what company he had deserted. This cause was argued for Government by Mr. Aylett, for the Conscription Bureau by Col. T. P. August. Messrs. Howard and Crump appeared for Robertson, and enforced his claims to a release with great ability. The Judge decided that Robertson had complied with all the requirements of the law of Congress, and with the regulations of the War Department, concerning substitutes, and therefore discharged him from service.
an affirmative answer, and about dark Elliott appeared with three negroes, the eldest not over twelve years, and left them for the night Mr. Wade, after satisfying himself that the children were born free in James City, reported the fact to the police, and had the children taken charge of On Saturday, after getting a description of Elliott, officer Perrin went in search of him and soon found him. Elliott was arraigned before the Mayor, and his examination continued until to-day. He says he purchased the boys as slaves, and expects to satisfy the Court that he has been guilty of no violation of law; but has himself been swindled if the negroes, as represented, are free Judge Crump has been retained as counsel for the defence. After the committal of Elliott the officers arrested L. B. Boynton and Robert H. Cotton, charged with being engaged in the kidnapping; but they both deny any knowledge of the affair. There are other parties said to be concerned, but they are yet at large.
Hustings Court. --Judge Lyons's Court was in session yesterday for the trial of criminal causes. Jesse White, charged with the murder of John J. Andrews, on the 12th of April, was arraigned for trial, but owing to the indisposition of Judge Crump, the prisoner's counsel, the cause was laid over till next week. Our readers will remember that White and deceased met in a house opposite the Spotswood Hotel; that deceased abused White in a shameful manner, that White left the house, and afterwards meeting Andrews in the street, when the quarrel was resumed. White being the smaller man, drew a pistol, soon after which the parties seized and the pistol exploded, the ball entering the left arm of Andrews, inflicting a flesh wound. Andrews being a man of intemperate habits, died of his injuries in four or five days there after. Robert S. Ford, charged with the murder of Robert E. Dixon, on the 23d of April last, was next arraigned for trial. On calling the list of witne
Confederate States Court --In the case of M. Krakar, indicted for perjury, Messrs. Crump and Myers, counsel for the accused, on yesterday joined in the demurer to the indictment which was heretofore filed, and which was argued on Monday by F. L. Smith, on the part of the Government, their reply occupying nearly the whole day. The ground of the demurrer is that the assessor of the C. S. war tax in this case was not authorized by the act of Congress, under which he acted to administer to Krakar the oath which he did. Time was taken by the Court to consider of its decision thereupon.
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