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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