Nullification has been a part of American jurisprudence at least since the 1735 sedition trial of New York journalist John Peter Zenger
, in which his lawyer was permitted to argue to the jurors that they had the right to acquit him, even though the prosecution had proved its case.
And if you took 11th grade American history, you know that John Peter Zenger
was the printer who won the 1735 court case establishing freedom of the press.
Indelible Ink: The Trials of John Peter Zenger
and the Birth of America's Free Press
It was a jury that established the foundation for our First Amendment, in the criminal libel case brought against John Peter Zenger
in 1735 for defaming the governor of New York, William Cosby.
Back in the 18th century, before the colonies won independence, a jury in the trial of publisher John Peter Zenger
heeded his defense attorney, Alexander Hamilton, and refused to convict him of libel by defying the law which at the time said truth was no defense.
(7.) Steve Goldman, The Acquittal of John Peter Zenger
: The First, First Report, HistoryBuff.COM, http://www.historybuff.com/library/refzenger.html (last visited Nov.
In 1734, John Peter Zenger
's newspaper criticized the Royal Governor of New York.
In 1735, a jury found John Peter Zenger
of the New York Weekly Journal not guilty of committing seditious libel against the colonial governor of New York, William Cosby.
Petrano who on judgement day will be standing there with John Peter Zenger
, Eugene Debs, and Sir Thomas More.
From Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist and businessman recently convicted of defrauding American Indian tribes and corrupting public officials, to John Peter Zenger
, the newspaper publisher whose 1735 trial and acquittal for sedition and libel for accusing the Governor of New York of corruption set an important free speech standard in the United States, this two-volume encyclopedia contains some 300 articles detailing the history of political corruption in the United States.
It traces this construction through two eighteenth-century trails (the trials of John Peter Zenger
, 1735, and of Eleazer Oswald, 1783) and examines juries as they have been regarded in the literary efforts of two early American judges--a poem by Francis Hopkinson.