AFFRONTS OFFERED BY
FELONS TO JUDGES.
A letter appears in the Salisbury Journal on the subject of two gross
insults stated in our last to have been offered by felons to the Recorder at
the late Old Bailey Sessions:
"I noticed a paragraph in the papers of this week which gave me no
small concern. A felon at the Session of the Old Bailey, after conviction threw a
stone at his Judge as he sat on the Bench, who remanded him, took it as if a
personal affront only to himself, and forgave him.
It has been asked. "Should he not have viewed it as the highest
affront to the laws of the Country?" The greatest of crimes! as he was then the
representative of the majesty of the laws, which high offense should, in all
cases, receive the most condign punishment. If affronts of this sort be passed
over with impunity, contempt of Justice follows, and the supreme dignity of the
law is destroyed.
Another felon was lately convicted and sentenced to transportation for
life, whereon he petitioned for a favour from his Judge, and his request was
that the Judge would extend it a year longer.
At the summer assizes held in Salisbury in the 7th of Charles I. Sir
Thomas RICHARDSON, chief justice, presiding at the Crown Bar, and having passed
sentence on a felon, he threw a brick bat at the head of the Judge, whereon
the Judge remanded him, and had him immediately indicted for it, and being
convicted, had his right hand ( with which this high offence was committed) cut
off, and nailed to the gibbet; and the felon was himself hanged thereon in the
presence of the Court. The gallows were erected before the doors of the Court,
in the Market-place, and all business was suspended till the execution had
Vide DYER's Reports.