Robert Wilbur Steele, Defender of Liberty by Walter Lawson WilderRobert Wilbur Steele, Defender of Liberty by Walter Lawson Wilder

Robert Wilbur Steele, Defender of Liberty

byWalter Lawson Wilder

Paperback | February 6, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1913 Excerpt: ... it was necessary for the court to set aside acts of the legislature and to hold that that section of the bill of rights which declares that "every person shall be free to speak, write or publish whatever he will on any subject, being responsible for all abuse of that liberty; and that in all suits and prosecutions for libel, the truth thereof may be given in evidence, and the jury, under the direction of the court, shall determine the law and the fact," is inapplicable. As I am of opinion that it is not a crime in this state to speak, write or publish the truth of or concerning the official conduct of public officers, I must dissent from the judgment. The respondent's purpose in publishing the articles complained of is briefly stated in his reply to the question by the chief justice whether he had anything further to say why the judgment of the court should not be pronounced. He said: "I feel, if your honors please, that, without having the slightest idea what punishment the court will inflict, under the circumstances of this very peculiar case I should say something why I should not be punished for contempt. "Certain articles were published in The News and The Times for which the writing or publication, or both, I was and am responsible. "The chief justice, in his own way, saw fit to initiate contempt proceedings by reason of these articles, and as a result of his steps the attorney general filed this information, commanding that I should show cause why I should not be punished for contempt, the allegations in the information being that these articles were contemptuous of the Supreme Court and certain of its judges. "This court can rest assured that when that information and citation were served upon me I was confronted with perhaps as serious a situation ...
Title:Robert Wilbur Steele, Defender of LibertyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:106 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217791824

ISBN - 13:9780217791823