Zenger Trial Comic

Zenger Trial Comic

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  • Burning of the New York Paper
  • Arrested
  • Beginning of the Trial
  • Zinger was asked by three men who didn't like William Cosby to write their story in his newspaper so every one could read it. When Cosby found out he was furious and had some men get his Newspapers and burned them publicly. 
  • Rejection In the Trial
  • The cause of Zenger creating that incriminating newspaper against Cosby he was sent to jail. On August 5, 1735, the police or constable found him and sent him to jail. 
  • The Verdict of the Trial
  • It was finally the day of the trial and they went to the court room, he was charged with writing libel statements against Cosby. Zenger had one of the best lawyers in North America, Andrew Hamilton, and he argued that Zenger's statements were not libel if his statements are facts. 
  • After the Trial 
  • He told the Jury that if the information is true then there should be no law against it, then the judge denied his statement. When he could not take it anymore he went to the jury and told them that if they know that anything that they said is true then they should say so and it is in their hands.
  • Finally it was time for the jury to make their decision, it was all in their hands now. After a lot of thought into what Andrew Hamilton said, they found the defendant "Not Guilty". 
  • After they reached the verdict, Zenger was released from jail and Hamilton was treated with a feast and celebration at a tavern.  On their way back to Philadelphia Hamilton was welcomed back home with gun fire when he got there.  After this trial it has changed the laws and states that you can not be trialed for saying your own opinions in  the newspaper.  
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