Sentencing of William Arrison 4 Jan 1855 Alton Weekly Telegraph (Alton, IL)

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Sentencing of William Arrison 4 Jan 1855 Alton Weekly Telegraph (Alton, IL) - '•'•' '- ' ;L *!atrcIal,241. . ;...
'•'•' '- ' ;L *!atrcIal,241. . ; Sentence of lairison In Cinciinatt'. iVnins o'clock .this morning thtvCincin- nati'''Co"urt-was. crowded with -.spectators, anxious to.winess 'the solemn .adjudication with which it was expected the trial of ITm. Arrison would' close... TJia prisoaer oc«upied the seat usually appropriated to the prison- His counte- a usually appropi era .brought,in.for sentence... nance, worn and,anxious, indicated a breaking breaking up of the stolid firmness and nerve b« cxhi bited during his trial. . H« looked as if his fato wero'p ; resenti to him, and that hope iid been. Abandoned. .His brother, o lino, ntelligehVmanly looking person, na^b«side lim, and seemed more impressed with tho soIemiVity of the occasion than the prisoner limflolf. ,. . A A few ladies were present, and it was said one of them- had. n, short timo" since, been receiving the attentions of William Arrison. JudgoFlinn enterid Court about half-past 10 o'clock.' It was immediately remarked that'tho Judge seemed greatly depressed— almost'unmanned by tho painful responsibilities responsibilities ot his position. The Court enumerated the grounds of tbe motion for a new trial, and ip arrest for judgment, and remarked, in relation to the first—the allegation of newly discovered testimony—that testimony—that they honestly believed it was not such as could have shaken tho minds of the jury, looking through the medium of the entire testimony submitted. On the second ground—that tho testimony was insufficient, tho Court said the jury stood responsible for the sufficiency of tho facts; and when it became became tho duty of the Court to review that testimony, and see whether it goes to substantiate substantiate tho written charge in the indictment, indictment, they might bo allowed to say that the character of tho witnesses, generally speaking, speaking, for intelligence and respectability, was beyond th'at of the average class of persons who testified in that Court, and that the ovidenco sustained tho material allegations presented against tho prisoner. An effort had been made to impeach the testimony of one witness, but that was not carried out; for those who knew the man said that though be talked a good deal, the majority would believe him under the solemn obligations of an oath. In relation to tha third ground of the motion—that motion—that tho verdict was against tho charge of tho Court—they were not aware of any instance in .which the jury had devia.ed from any rule of law which had been given to them ; and it might be said that, in point of fairness and liberality, the C'ise almost stood alone. It stands on the facts. Thoy could not say, laving their hands on their heart', that there was anything in tbo case that could be properly urged that had not been introduced Dy defence. It became, then, the unpleasant and painful duty of the Court to overrule the motion for a new trial. The Court here intimated to counsel that they could have until Monday to prepare their bill of exceptions. STATEHEST OF THE TRISOXER. He stood in front of the bench, attempted to adjust his coat, and exhibited a elight degree degree of nervous excitement. The fond and firm friend of tho prisouer, his brother, stood beside him. In reply to tho question of the Court, above alluded to, tho prisoner said: There are some things, 1 feel, that need to bo said. Whether they will avail anything anything is another question. It tnay be that thoy would not have any bearing on the case, and I do not feel liko imposing on your good nature. I had fondly hoped to get a new trial, not for tho sako of time, or to lengthen out mv miserable existence in Hamilton County jail. A few days or months in euch a place would not be of much service, in my .estimation; but, as 1 bad presumed, it wus not the purpose of this community to put to death 'a person who feels innocent of tho charge brought against him,-l had fond y loped to have a little time; and 1 believe it is a general conclusion that time only goes to confirm the guilt of tho guilty. I am con- ident that things can bebrought to light that will go to show my innocence—in the first o give an placo, in relation to screwing do [ids. I did not think it necessary t account of myself on particular occasions, or I think I'could; I know I could have brought witnesses into this Court to show what I was doing at these times. I have no affidavits to this effect, but 1 can produce them. There is another circumstance. It has bean stated that persons came into prison to identify mo. Be it understood I never wished to k Fought and A Sonday, of tho by sent that thickness what To threatened, danger or plateau so Balaklava th« attack our on rear fired for so of a impossible the could our returned they an;le camp our enemy The about thick, the the In the troops tho were slackened, to the .ear battery by "a first distance, peculiar steep dense ouish Yet I hill No tho regarded? the rear. the astonishment shot The to from fear of being . keop put of sight of anyindividual of being identified. I always said of a eal ; havi took Albany; if they'will come and select mo out o crowd, I will freely submit to that ord> . but I did demur to tho idea of any one coming up and inquiring, "Where is Arrison Arrison ?" and my being brought up in person, with an intimation " that that was tho individual." individual." The reply is then—" Well, I havo been acquainted with him these many years." There aro many people of this kind in tho community. 1 do not wish to throw out insinuations, insinuations, but I will say this—that Mr. McCullogh testified he saw me standing by n stove when he first came to tbo jail. If I thought it of any advantage to me I could prove I was not standing, there at that time, and it must be some other person ho saw. 1 think Mr. Pruden knows the same. Thero aro other things that 1 know of that ou^bt to be brought before the Court, that wo"uld operate as testimony in my favor. I flatter myself I can substantiate the fact that I never delivered the box to these boys.— Whether that will be important is moro than I can tell. -1 am not Judge enough of law.— But I supposo (her) tho prisoner hesitated for some moments, and kept knocking his ook ihot cannonade also to the fingers on , the table as if tb collect his :ruo who it nol except thou-hts, if it wcro made out, one link of this beautiful chain of testimony would be srokcn—perhaps not—perhaps if it were, that would havo no weight. Other things, also, I fell confident I could bring up. This is all I havo got to say. THE SENTENCE OF THE COURT. THE COCRT.—We had fondly hoped some of the explanations to which you alluded, would havo appeared in tho progress of the trial-and it is not with any degree of ptide that we find conclusive or satisfactory evi- •ienco establishing tbe charge. Wo approach these things with a slow step and with a tearful eye. We are to take human testimony testimony as it is presented, and with tho imperfect tests which God in his wisdom has given us. Perhaps, it is-n'ot-out of-plnco to say, that if tho point were piescnted in that tangible form in which wo coi!l.l exereiso discretion, wo should regard tho opportunity with pleasure, pleasure, and at once set aside thg verdict. But it is not a matter of wild, loose discretion— in-, fold minute yourself to unearthly. by six to perform) that wo did set aside two verdicts verdicts for murder in tho first degree, satisfied that tho parties were carried oflf by prejudice prejudice ; and, though wo had to contend against the public feeling, we regard our action in tho'premiies as' the crowning act of our rec- no cov- — tho'p- ord, meeting the approval of ear own conscience—though conscience—though we might havo erred. A mournful duty now devolves on us. Thole- uislative wisdom of tho country has laid down our rulo of notion—and the only discretion wo have is so far ns time is concerned. The duty is painful—like the affliction that precedes precedes death; the pain even makes us willing to die. [Here the court faltered, and wai observed to shed tears".] The sentence of the Court is, that you be taken hence to tho iailofthc county by the ineriff, and there lately kept 'until tho llth day of May, 18oo, indfrom- thence to the placo of execution, and be banged until you are dead, between tbo hours of 10 and* o'clock of that day. Thii closed th« solemn proceedingi; tho prisoner wai.remanded,-and the Court adjourned.^ adjourned.^ --- ; '-" : ' ; '--_-'••-'-"•• '<-•

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