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Jackman, Joseph. The sham-robbery, committed by Elijah Putnam Goodridge, on his own person, in Newbury near Essex bridge, Dec. 19, 1816, with a history of his journey to the place where he robbed himself. And his trial with Mr. Ebenezer Pearson, whom he maliciously arrested for robbery. Also the trial of Levi & Laban Kenniston. Concord, NH: Printed for the author, 1819. 12mo (17 cm, 6.75"). 151,  pp. $450.00
Daniel Webster to the rescue. Webster was one of the defense attorneys in this bizarre case: He had only shortly earlier resumed private practice following service in the U.S. Congress. The case involved the "respected" and definitely "plugged in" Goodridge who accused the mentally challenged Kenniston brothers of robbery. The cards seemed stacked against the two until Webster rose and began his defense, and stitch by stitch caused Goodridge's story to come apart and succeeded in obtaining the acquittal of the Kennistons.
Also includes accounts of Ebenezer Pearson's action against Goodridge for damages for malicious prosecution.
Shaw & Shoemaker 48361; Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law, 14017. Stitched as issued, in plain pale green wrappers. Light soiling, stray areas of light foxing or staining. Very good. (39251) Please RESHELVE This.
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