It has been urged that the presence of the accused
brothers in that fatal room, just after notification that one of them must take the life of Judge Driscoll or lose his own the moment the parties should meet, clearly signifies that the natural of self-preservation moved my clients to go there secretly and save Count Luigi by destroying his adversary.
"The day after my return to Lille, my brother in his turn succeeded in making his escape; I was accused
of complicity, and was condemned to remain in his place till he should be again a prisoner.
Charles Evremonde, called Darnay, was accused
by the public prosecutor as an emigrant, whose life was forfeit to the Republic, under the decree which banished all emigrants on pain of Death.
"Gendarmes," said the president, "lead in the accused
I shall not copy the uncouth language, full of needless repetitions (and, if I know anything of the subject, not guiltless of bad grammar as well), in which my innocent husband was solemnly and falsely accused
of poisoning his first wife.
Thanks to this precaution, which he always was careful to take at the moment when on the point of beginning an examination, he knew beforehand the names, titles, and misdeeds of the accused
, made cut and dried responses to questions foreseen, and succeeded in extricating himself from all the windings of the interrogation without allowing his deafness to be too apparent.
If my sister, in the security of retirement, with as little opportunity as inclination to do evil, could not avoid censure, we must not rashly condemn those who, living in the world and surrounded with temptations, should be accused
of errors which they are known to have the power of committing.
These questions, like questions put at trials generally, left the essence of the matter aside, shut out the possibility of that essence's being revealed, and were designed only to form a channel through which the judges wished the answers of the accused
to flow so as to lead to the desired result, namely a conviction.
There must be no answering back to him; no explanation was allowed a slave, showing himself to have been wrongfully accused
The prosecution of them, for this reason, will seldom fail to agitate the passions of the whole community, and to divide it into parties more or less friendly or inimical to the accused
. In many cases it will connect itself with the pre-existing factions, and will enlist all their animosities, partialities, influence, and interest on one side or on the other; and in such cases there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.
A minister, named George Burroughs, was among the accused
. In the months of August and September, 1692, he and nineteen other innocent men and women were put to death.
'And what if I had been accused
of robbing a dead man, Gaffer?'