John Peter Zenger started to criticize the governor of New York and put it in the New York Weekly Journal. Which started to make the governor mad and he didn't like it.
Governor wants judge to say guilty.
The Governor of New York requested for all the New York Journal papers that criticizes the government to be burnt. The reason that he wanted them burnt was because he was criticizing the governor.
Hamilton defends Zenger
John Peter Zenger was arrested because he criticizes the Governor of New York. He puts these things in the newspaper which made the governor mad.
Jury says not guilty.
The trial judge that was chosen by the Governor Cosby, he wanted the judge to say "Guilty". Mostly because he wanted it to be illegal to criticize the government even though it is right.
The defensive lawyer said that he admitted to printing the papers, but the statements that he was saying is true. So what the lawyer was saying is that yes he did print the papers but the stuff on there was true so he shouldn't be guilty.
The jury ignored what the judge said and then they came up with the verdict not guilty. The reason they came up with this is because they believed that criticizing the governor is not as bad as they think it is.