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Cooper's Novels: Jack Tier.


Cooper's Novels: Jack Tier.

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    James Fenimore Cooper
Excerpt from book: PREFACE. The object of this book is to draw the attention of the reader to some of the social evils that beset us: more particularly in connection with the administration of criminal justice. So long a time has intervened since the thought occurred, and so many interruptions have delayed the progress of the work, that it is felt the subject has been very imperfectly treated: but it is hoped that enough has been done to cause a few to reflect on a matter of vital importance: one that to them may possess the interest of novelty. A strange indifference exists as to the composition of the juries. In our view, the institution itself, so admirable in a monarehy, is totally unsuited to a democracy. The very principle that renders it so safe where there is a great central power to resist, renders it unsafe in a state of society in which few have sufficient resolution to attempt even to resist popular impulses. A hundred instauees might be given in which thejuries of this country are an evil: one or two of which we will point out. In trials between railroad companies and those who dwell along thcir lines, prejudice is usually so strong against the former, that justice for them is nearly hopeless. In certain parts of the country, the juries are made the instruments of defeating the claims of creditors who dwell at a distance, and are believed to have interests opposed to the particular community where the debtor resides. This is a most crying evil, and has becn the souree of many and grievous wrongs. Whenever there is a motive for creating a simulated public opinion, by the united action of several journals, justice is next to hopeless: such combinations rarely, if ever, occurring in its behalf. In cases that are connected with the workings of political sehemes, and not unfreq...   show more
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