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