'All That They Had Heard, All That They Had Seen': Questions of Fairness and Justice in the Trial of George Vass

Helen Rutherford, Clare Sandford-Couch

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Helen RutherfordNorthumbria University and Clare Sandford-Couch Newcastle University On the 28th of February 1863, the Newcastle Daily Journal included a dramatic editorial comment: We publish the report of the trial of George Vass. We do not speak rashly; in a case of this kind it is our duty to deliberate, and to speak with hesitation, and with full knowledge of our responsibility. It cannot be supposed that we sympathise with the alleged acts of the accused man. We want justice to be done. Yet we regret to say that the trial, as it has been conducted, has not been characterised by the fairness and justice which ought to distinguish all our judicial procedures. The evidence of Mr. [sic] Rayne is, we understand, a stumbling block in the path of justice; and an important letter has been sent to us from a gentleman whose name was mentioned in the trial which,...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFair and Unfair Trials in the British Isles, 1800-1940:
Subtitle of host publicationMicrohistories of Justice and Injustice
EditorsDavid Nash, Anne Marie Kilday
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781350050969
ISBN (Print)9781350050945
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2020

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