Posted by Linden on March 28, 1998 at 20:38:31:
In response to testifying in behalf of yourself., written by P. Bingham on March 28, 1998 at 15:46:46
] But here is a passage from "What Jane Austen Ate & Charles Dickens Knew." end of page 137-138. This might be where you got your information from?
] "... Until 1898 the accused was not permitted to testify at all, even in his own behalf. A lwayer for the accused in felony cases was permitted no chance to question or cross-examine witnesses...."
Is this true? I believe it was the case in France (which is why Dreyfuss couldn't defend himself) but I thought in England you were expected to speak at your trial - and the jury might draw their own conclusions if you didn't.
This isn't just an academic enquiry - I'm writing a novel set in Regency times when one of the high points is the accused person's defence speech. I'd be seriously irritated if I have to scrap the scene.
- Relax, Linden! Mrs. Leigh-Perrot DID speak! Laura W 23:19:41 4/22/98 (0)
- That is very irritating isn't it? P. Bingham 20:51:58 3/28/98 (1)
- off the subject just a wee bit... The Elgin adultery trial P. Bingham 13:16:35 3/30/98 (0)
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