On This Date in Legal History

On August 4, 1735, the trial of publisher John Peter Zenger took place at the site where Federal Hall sits today in Manhattan.

Federal Hall National Memorial

Federal Hall National Memorial

The case arose because Zenger printed the New-York Weekly Journal, which was critical of the Governor of New York and his administration. The Governor accused Zenger of printing seditious libel, so he had him arrested and put on trial. Zenger’s lawyer retorted that the statements published were true. A jury sided with Zenger and found him not guilty. Learn more at http://bit.ly/1OLPRym and http://bit.ly/1x3qUdq.

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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