court proceedings

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Predictive Words

COURT YESTERDAY MAYOR CHARGED ARRESTED CASE SLAVE CHARGE STEALING JOHN COMMITTED JUDGE TRIAL EXAMINATION ORDERED PRISONER POLICE MORNING DISCHARGED PARTIES STOLEN FOUND CONTINUED JURY

This list of words are those that the topic model identifies as most likely to appear in documents in this category.

Exemplary Articles

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Saturday, July 25, 1863

Not a Felony.

—Yesterday Michael Beckey, sent on by the Mayor for a felonious assault, was examined by a Court of Justices, and, after a hearing, acquitted of that offence, has remanded to the Mayor to be examined for a violent assault.

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Saturday, September 24, 1864

Acquitted.

—Joseph Neidham, tried before Judge Lyons yesterday on the charge of stealing a horse from Edward Griffin, was acquitted.

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Thursday, September 22, 1864

Judge Lyons's Court.

—But one case was tried, yesterday—that of J. J. Behler, indicted, for grand larceny—that of J. J. Bohler, indicted for grand larceny—horse stealing. He pleaded guilty, was convicted, and his term of imprisonment ascertained by the jury at two years in the penitentiary.

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Thursday, May 22, 1862

Judge Lyons's Court.

—This tribunal was in session yesterday, but the business transacted was of a civil character entirely. The Grand Jury and Court adjourned for the term. The case of John Hagan was continued till the next term, and the defendant admitted to bail.

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Monday, August 24, 1863

Stealing.

—Patrick O'Brien, arrested by the police on the charge of stealing a silver-watch of Henry Tern, was examined before the Mayor last Saturday, and after a hearing remanded for future examination before the Justices of the Hustings Court.

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Saturday, September 19, 1863

Bound Over.

—John Jaiser and Charles Welsh were arraigned yesterday before Recorder Caskie, each charged with assaulting the other. The evidence proving plainly Jaiser's guilt, he was bound over to keep the peace for twelve months in the sum of $500. A former recognizance of Jaiser's, in the . . . more

Bound Over.

—John Jaiser and Charles Welsh were arraigned yesterday before Recorder Caskie, each charged with assaulting the other. The evidence proving plainly Jaiser's guilt, he was bound over to keep the peace for twelve months in the sum of $500. A former recognizance of Jaiser's, in the sum of $300, entered into some time since, was also declared forfeited.

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Saturday, October 03, 1863

To be Tried.

—Nullity, a slave, was examined before the Mayor yesterday to answer the charge of stealing $75 from Patrick Behan. After a hearing he was remanded for final trial by the Hustings Court.

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Saturday, October 24, 1863

Hustings Court.

—Judge Lyons presiding.—Yesterday John J. Phelps, indicted for stealing a horse of Thomas R. Moore, of Petersburg, was arraigned for trial and plead not guilty. The jury, after hearing the evidence, brought in a verdict of not guilty, and the prisoner was discharged.

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Tuesday, June 02, 1863

In the Hustings Court, yesterday, Judge Lyons was engaged in hearing criminal cases, one or two of which were disposed of.—Henry Chadwell, charged with stealing a horse from W. S. Kemper, was put on trial and plead not guilty. The jury, after a brief retirement, returned a verdict . . . more

In the Hustings Court, yesterday, Judge Lyons was engaged in hearing criminal cases, one or two of which were disposed of.—Henry Chadwell, charged with stealing a horse from W. S. Kemper, was put on trial and plead not guilty. The jury, after a brief retirement, returned a verdict of not guilty, and the prisoner was thereupon discharged. —John Farrell, indicted for stealing from John plead not guilty. The jury, after hearing the evidence, retired for consultation, but had failed to agree upon a verdict up to the hour at which the Court took a recess.

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Monday, May 27, 1861

Judge Lyons' Court.

—The jury in the case of James Clendining, charged with grand larceny having failed to agree up to Saturday were discharged and the prisoner remanded to jail till the next term. The case of John W. Chronister, (for grand larceny,) was continued until the next . . . more

Judge Lyons' Court.

—The jury in the case of James Clendining, charged with grand larceny having failed to agree up to Saturday were discharged and the prisoner remanded to jail till the next term. The case of John W. Chronister, (for grand larceny,) was continued until the next term. The jury in the case of Orris Harrision, charged with feloniously stabbing Miles McJordon, returned a verdict of guilty, with six months' imprisonment in jail and a fine of $50. Charles Smith will probably be tried for forgery to-day.

In this column are pieces from the Daily Dispatch that best exemplified this topic; i.e. they had the highest topic proportions in this category. The pie chart to the right of each piece identifies the specific topic proportion for "court proceedings in the piece." You can view the complete topic proportion breakdown for an individual piece by clicking on the title. The handle slider handle on the bottom left of the chart can be adjusted to view articles and advertisements best exemplifying this topic for particular months.