Trial of Medad M'kay, for the Murder of His Wife, Before Chief Justice Spencer, 1820; And Before His Honor William W. Van Ness, 1821; At Allegany: Embracing a Brief Outline of the Former Trial, and a Detail of the Latter; Including the Testimony,

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Trial of Medad M'kay, for the Murder of His Wife, Before Chief Justice Spencer, 1820; And Before His Honor William W. Van Ness, 1821; At Allegany: Embracing a Brief Outline of the Former Trial, and a Detail of the Latter; Including the Testimony, by M. T. C. Gould
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Medad m'kay was indicted at the general sessions in Alle any, for the murder of his wife, by administering arsenic. Here being no resident district attorney in that county, the court appointed D. Cruger, Esq. Of Steuben county, to perform that duty. Mr. Cruger prepared the cause for trial but his clerk neglected to put a seal to the venire. The cause was brought to trial, at the oyer and terminer in Allegany, 1820, be fore chiefjffstice Spenceraand after along and solemn in vestiga tion of the subject the prisoner was convicted The following day he was called on to show cause, if any he had, why judg ment should not pass upon him. V. Matthews, Esq. One of the prisoner's counsel suggested to the court the probability, that there might be some illegality in the proceedings as the statute stated that the venire should be issued by the district attorney, and it appeared there was no resident, or special dis triet attorney in the county He requested a few moments to look at the statute, and likewise to examine the venire which was granted. On an examination of the venire, it was discov ered that there was no return endorsed by the sheriff, and that it was destitute of a seal. These objections being raised, the chief justice suspended judgment, and the prisoner was brought up from the county of Allegany, before the supreme court] on a habeas corpus. And the indictment and proceedings against him in the court of oyer and terminer and gaol delivery, in that county, were returned in obedience to a writ of certiorari di rected for that purpose. This cause was Very ably argued, by Messrs. Oakley, (lgattorney general) and Collier for the people, and Hudson and alcott for the prisoner after which the Opin ion of the court was delivered by chief justice Spencer, as follows.

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Title:Trial of Medad M'kay, for the Murder of His Wife, Before Chief Justice Spencer, 1820; And Before His Honor William W. Van Ness, 1821; At Allegany: Embracing a Brief Outline of the Former Trial, and a Detail of the Latter; Including the Testimony,
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Published:January 25, 2019
Language:English
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ISBN - 13:9780656633005

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