April 20, 2011

April 20th: Ashford v Thornton, 1818

On this day in 1818, Ashford v Thornton was concluded. Thornton, being charged the second time for the murder of Mar Ashford, claimed his right to Trial by Battle. Read what happened here.

Pictured: Lord Ellenborough, Lord Chief Justice at the trial.
"It is the law of England, Mr. Clarke; we must not call it murder."
Contemporary painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence.

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