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  • New York Weekly Journal
  • Paper Burned 
  • Accused 
  • John Peter Zinger was a newspaper writer. He was the Publisher of the New York Weekly Journal. His writings got him arrested. 
  • John Peter Zinger was arrested for printing a series of articles that criticized   the governor. Zinger was charged with libel, or the publishing of statements that damage a person's reputation.  
  • At Zinger's trial, Zinger's lawyer, Andrew Hamilton, admitted that Zinger had printed the statements against the governor.  However, Hamilton argued that the articles Zenger published were based on fact and, therefore, should not be considered libel. 
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