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2-043 (Text)

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Speaker:
addressee author,male,Colonial Times,un
ns1:discourse_type
Newspaper Article
Word Count :
162
Plaint Text :
ns1:register
Public Written
ns1:texttype
Newspapers & Broadsides
ns1:localityName
http://dbpedia.org/resource/Van_Diemen%27s_Land
Created:
1830
Identifier
2-043
Source
Bennett, 1979
pages
116
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941
Identifier
2-043-plain.txt
Title
2-043#Text
Type
Text

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What is the state of our criminal law? It is not merely one, two, or three months that persons are kept in custody previously to trial, but frequently a much longer time previously to being committed; and afterwards again, how many have remained in gaol, a much longer period before their turn comes round, than the laws of England, which are professedly in force here, would award for the offence? Look again at Launceston, where there have been only three assizes since December 1825! and at Hobart Town, where there are upon an average from fifty to one hundred criminals for trial, there has only been two or three general gaol deliveries since the present Chief Justice Pedder assumed the administration of the laws, in May 1824. We draw no inference, but only state facts - broad unvarnished facts, leaving it to those into whose hands this day's paper may come . . . to derive what conclusions from them they may think proper.

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