John Peter Zenger Trial

John Peter Zenger Trial

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  • New York Weekly Office
  • People need to know the governor is accepting bribes! It's not right.
  • I know! It's illegal to criticize the king in print!
  • I can't believe he wrote that! 
  • "A Governor turns rogue(criminal), does a thousand things for which a small rogue would have deserved a halter(hanging), and because it is difficult . . . to obtain relief against him, . . . it is prudent(wise) to . . . join in the roguery."
  • New York Weekly Journal
  • You're on trial for criticizing the governor of New York. People believe that the governor represents the king, so you shouldn't critisize the governor. 
  • People have a right to speak the truth!
  • The jury has decided, and they agree.
  • New York Weekly Journal
  • John Peter Zenger released! The jury agrees that people have a right to speak the truth. America now has the right, Freedom of the Press.
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