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Kenniston, Levi, Laban Kenniston, defendants.  Report of the evidence at the trial of Levi & Laban Kenniston, before Hon. Samuel Putnam, on an indictment for the robbery of Major Elijah P. Goodridge, December 19, 1816. Salem, [MA]: Printed by T.C. Cushing, 1817. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). 32 pp.
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Daniel 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.

Cohen, Bibliography of early American Law, 14018; Shaw & Shoemaker 40939, 41955. Stitched, lacking the wrappers. Age-toned, occasional stain. Overall very good.  (39256)   Please RESHELVE This.


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