The Case of the Piglet's Paternity: Trials from the New Haven Colony, 1639-1663 by Jon C. BlueThe Case of the Piglet's Paternity: Trials from the New Haven Colony, 1639-1663 by Jon C. Blue

The Case of the Piglet's Paternity: Trials from the New Haven Colony, 1639-1663

byJon C. Blue

Paperback | June 6, 2017

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In the middle of the seventeenth century, judges in the short-lived New Haven Colony presided over a remarkable series of trials ranging from murder and bestiality, to drunken sailors, frisky couples, faulty shoes, and shipwrecks. The cases were reported in an unusually vivid manner, allowing readers to witness the twists and turns of fortune as the participants battled with life and liberty at stake. When the records were eventually published in the 1850s, they were both difficult to read and heavily edited to delete sexual matters. Rendered here in modernized English and with insightful commentary by eminent Judge Jon C. Blue, the New Haven trials allow readers to immerse themselves in the exciting legal battles of America’s earliest days.

The Case of the Piglet’s Paternity assembles thirty-three of the most significant and intriguing trials of the period. As a book that examines a distinctive judicial system from a modern legal perspective, it is sure to be of interest to readers in law and legal history. For less litigious readers, Blue offers a worm’s eye view of the full spectrum of early colonial society—political leaders and religious dissidents, farmhands and apprentices, women and children.
JON C. BLUE is a judge of the Connecticut Superior Court. He has written hundreds of judicial opinions and has given annual lectures on the United States Supreme Court to the Connecticut Judicial Institute since 1999. Prior to his judicial appointment, he practiced tax, civil rights, and criminal law. He lives in Hamden, Connecticut.
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Title:The Case of the Piglet's Paternity: Trials from the New Haven Colony, 1639-1663Format:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 6, 2017Publisher:Wesleyan University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The New Haven Trials
The Indian’s Name
The Piglet’s Paternity
The Exploding Gun
The “Billingsgate Slut”
New Haven’s Watergate
The Sexual Harassment Case
The Women Dissidents
The Shipwreck
The Faulty Shoes
The Drunken Sailors
The Competing Claimants
The Frisky Couple
The Rhode Island Privateer
The Reputed Witch
The Milford Bestiality Case
The Boat Sex Case
The Youth Sex Cases
The Disputed Will
The Farmhand Arsonist
The Stolen Silverware
The Vanished Husband
The Attempted Bestiality Case
The Clamorous Quaker
The Currier’s Apprentice
The Milford Paternity Case
The Brickmaker’s Apprentice
The Horse-Trading Case
The Milford Arson Case
The Southold Slander
The Bigamist’s Wife
The Stamford Murder Mystery
The Lecherous Swineherd
The Burning Barn
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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In the middle of the seventeenth century, judges in the short-lived New Haven Colony presided over a remarkable series of trials ranging from murder and bestiality, to drunken sailors, frisky couples, faulty shoes, and shipwrecks. The cases were reported in an unusually vivid manner, allowing readers to witness the twists and turns of fortune as the participants battled with life and liberty at stake. When the records were eventually published in the 1850s, they were both difficult to read and heavily edited to delete sexual matters. Rendered here in modernized English and with insightful commentary by eminent Judge Jon C. Blue, the New Haven trials allow readers to immerse themselves in the exciting legal battles of America’s earliest days.The Case of the Piglet’s Paternity assembles thirty-three of the most significant and intriguing trials of the period. As a book that examines a distinctive judicial system from a modern legal perspective, it is sure to be of interest to readers in law and legal history. For less litigious readers, Blue offers a worm’s eye view of the full spectrum of early colonial society—political leaders and religious dissidents, farmhands and apprentices, women and children.“This very well written book makes legal proceedings intelligible to the lay reader by using fascinating stories to explore how courts resolve disputes and how a body of law is developed from cases and controversies. The analysis by Judge Blue is well reasoned and accessible. He is a brilliant jurist and his understanding of the significance of the cases is beyond doubt.” - Mark Dubois, president, Connecticut Bar Association