A CHARGE TO THE GRAND JURY IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY, APRIL 21, 1863. BY R.S. FIELD, DISTRICT JUDGE. PUBLISHED AT THE REQUEST OF THE GRAND JURY.

Trenton, N.J. State Gazette and Republican Print, 1863. Original printed wrappers, 24pp. Light wrapper wear, a few blank lower forecorners clipped, else Near Fine.

This was evidently Field's maiden effort as a judge, having just been appointed to his post by President Lincoln. Passionately pro-Union, he explains to the Grand Jury the various "crimes and offences incident to" the ongoing Civil War. Our courts reject the common law of treason; thus, offenses may be prosecuted only when Congress has enacted an appropriate statute, consistent with the Constitution's definition of treason. Judge Field discusses the laws that the rebellion may require the Grand Jury to consider during its Term. The most serious of these is the crime of treason, the elements of which Field explains in detail. Misprision of treason, corresponding with Foreign Governments with the intent to defeat the policies of the United States, and several statutes passed at the beginning of the Civil War which prohibit criminal conspiracies against the United States are also canvassed. Altogether, an excellent summary of the arsenal of statutes enabling the government to prosecute persons for participating in the rebellion.
FIRST EDITION. Bartlett 1596. Sabin 24291n. OCLC 30729809 [7]. Not in Marke or Harv. Law Cat. Item #23309

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