The Several Modes of Instituting Criminal Proceedings in Pennsylvania: An Address Delivered by Hon. John C. Bell ... Before the Law Academy of Philadelphia, May 27, 1904 ...

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G. Dukes, 1904 - 63 pages

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Page 1 - The people shall be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and possessions, from unreasonable searches and seizures ; and no warrant to search any place, or to seize any person or things, shall issue, without describing them as nearly as may be, nor without probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, subscribed to by the affiant.
Page 17 - Assembly prohibiting the crime and prescribing the punishment, if any such there be, or, if at common law. so plainly that the nature of the offense charged may be easily understood by the jury.
Page 37 - English court of justice^ ^If I were to ask you, gentlemen of the jury, what is the choicest fruit that grows upon the tree of English liberty, you would answer, SECURITY UNDER THE LAW. "If I were to ask the whole people of England the return they looked for at the hands of Government for the burdens under which they bend to support it, I should still be answered, SECURITY UNDER THE LAW ; or, in other words, an impartial administration of justice.
Page 24 - To justify the finding of an Indictment you must be convinced, so far as the evidence before you goes, that the accused is guilty; in other words, you ought not to find an indictment unless, in your judgment, the evidence before you, unexplained and uncontradicted, would warrant a conviction by a petit jury.
Page 26 - A presentment, properly speaking, is the notice taken by a grand jury of any offence from their own knowledge or observation *, without any bill of indictment laid before them at the suit of...
Page 20 - Saving yourself and fellow jurors, you, as foreman of this grand inquest, shall diligently inquire and true presentment make, of all such matters and things as shall be given you in charge or otherwise come to your knowledge, touching the present service.
Page 1 - That the people shall be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and possessions, from unreasonable searches and seizures, and that general warrants, whereby an officer may be commanded to search suspected places, without evidence of the fact committed, or to seize any person or persons not named, whose offences are not particularly d'escribed and supported by evidence, are dangerous to liberty, and ought not to be granted.
Page 7 - ... keep the word of promise to the ear, and break it to the hope" — we have presumed to court the assistance of the friends of the drama to strengthen our infant institution.
Page 42 - That no person shall for any indictable offence be proceeded against criminally by information, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia when in actual service, in time of war or public danger, or by leave of the court for oppression or misdemeanor in office.
Page 29 - The first of these is, where criminal courts of their own motion call the attention of grand juries to and direct the investigation of matters of general public import, which, from their nature and operation in the entire community, justify such intervention.

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