Friday, August 14, 2015

No due process in the Reign of Terror

Before that unjust Tribunal, there was little or no order of procedure, ensuring to any accused person any reasonable hearing. There could have been no such Revolution, if all laws, forms, and ceremonies, had not first been so monstrously abused, that the suicidal vengeance of the Revolution was to scatter them all to the winds.

Every eye was turned to the jury. . . . The whole jury, as a jury of dogs empannelled to try the deer.
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, Book the Third, ch. IX

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