Atrocious Judges: Lives of Judges Infamous as Tools of Tyrants and Instruments of Oppression

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Miller, Orton & Mulligan, 1856 - Contempt of court - 432 pages
Passmore Williamson was imprisoned for contempt of court in refusing to answer to a writ of habeas corpus, issued by the U.S. District court for the Eastern district of Pennsylvania, commanding him to produce the bodies of Jane, Daniel and Isaiah Johnson, slaves of John H. Wheeler. He petitioned the Supreme court of Pennsylvanie for a writ of habeas corpus, which was denied.
 

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Page 77 - Lofty, and sour, to them that lov"d him not; But to those men that sought him, sweet as summer: And though he were unsatisfied in getting, (Which was a sin) yet in bestowing, madam, He was most princely.
Page 414 - That all the before-mentioned courts of the United States shall have power to issue writs of scire facias, habeas corpus, and all other writs, not specially provided for by statute, which may be necessary for the exercise of their respective jurisdictions, and agreeable to the principles and usages of law.
Page 314 - Lisle, be conveyed from hence to the place from whence you came, and from thence you are to be drawn on a hurdle to the place of execution, where your body is to be burnt alive till you be dead And the Lord have mercy on your soul...
Page 421 - That the power of the several courts of the United States to issue attachments and inflict summary punishments for contempts of court, shall not be construed to extend to any cases except the misbehavior of any person or persons in the presence of the said courts, or so near thereto as to obstruct the administration of justice...
Page 415 - States, in addition to the authority already conferred by law, shall have power to grant writs of habeas corpus in all cases of a prisoner or prisoners, in jail or confinement, where he or they shall be committed or confined on, or by any authority or law, for any act done, or omitted to be done, in pursuance of a law of the United States...
Page 298 - CHAPTER C. CONTINUATION OF THE LIFE OF LORD CHANCELLOR JEFFREYS TILL HE RECEIVED THE GREAT SEAL. THE new Chief Justice was sworn in on the 29th of September, 1683, and took his seat in the Court of King's Bench on the first day of the following Michaelmas term...
Page 308 - Pollexfen, I know you well. I will set a mark on you. You are the patron of the faction. This is an old rogue, a schismatical knave, a hypocritical villain. He hates the Liturgy. He would have nothing but longwinded cant without book...
Page 300 - These great men spent the rest of the afternoon, till eleven at night, in drinking healths, taking tobacco, and talking much beneath the gravity of Judges, who had but a day or two before condemned Mr. Algernon Sidney...
Page 126 - VI. and queen Elizabeth ; but yet was the occasion of heavy murmurs when exerted by Charles I.; among whose many misfortunes it was, that neither himself nor his people seemed able to distinguish between the arbitrary stretch, and the legal exertion, of prerogative.
Page 325 - Whatever I did then I did by express orders ; and I have this farther to say for myself, that I was not half bloody enough for him who sent me thither.

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