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Report of the Trial of John Wade, for Arson, Before the Supreme. Trial, John Wade, Defendant.

Report of the Trial of John Wade, for Arson, Before the Supreme...

The Fate of a Massachusetts Arsonist [Trial]. Wade, John, Defendant. Report of the Trial of John Wade, For Arson, Before the Supreme Judicial Court, Holden at Dedham, Oct. Term, 1835. [Dedham, MA]: Dedham Patriot Office, H. Mann, Printer, 1835. 40 pp. Octavo (9-3/4" x 6"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet, untrimmed edges. Moderate toning, light soiling to exterior, some rubbing to extremities with mild wear to spine ends. $500. * Only edition. Wade was indicted, convicted and hanged in 1832 for setting fire to a barn. His case is interesting because it was tried before Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw [1781-1861] and arguably involved a case of double jeopardy overlooked by the court. (He had been indicted earlier for the same crime but acquitted due to a technicality.) The anonymously compiled Report includes Shaw's eight-page charge to the jury and three-page address to the prisoner, along with teh arguments of counsel and the testimony of witnesses on direct and cross-examination. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 12152.

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