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Nancy W. Hufford Aquittal

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Nancy W. Hufford Aquittal - The 92nrder Trial at Cumberland. The following...
The 92nrder Trial at Cumberland. The following is the report of the clositg pro eedings, by onr correspondent, in the case o1 Mrs. Nancy W. HofTord, whose acquittal we have already announced by telegraph: Ctjmbkhland, Mn., Wednesday, Nov. 5. State of Maryland vs. Nancy W. Hnfford, indict ed in Allegany County Court for tbe murder of Mrs. Rebecca Engle, by administering poison. The argument of this case was commenced by J. lines M. Schley, for State, who, bvan elaborate review of the testimony and the application of the law to the fids in the case, consumed about three hours of the morning session. At t o'ciock tne court tooc a recess, it met egsin at 3 o'clock, when Ueorre A. fear re, ror the prisoner, opened, m n affecting and impressive manner. He spoko of the prisoner as one of his early clients in thia county then he was tbe advocate for her pecu niary interests now he was pleading ror her life. InSaenced as he was by these recollections and conscious of the innocence of tne prisoner, be wes beiore that jury, his country, end ais uod, to mmn-tain mmn-tain mmn-tain the Issue made upon the indictment. Mr. Pearre was eloquent and argumentative tnrougu-out tnrougu-out tnrougu-out his entire speech, which was of about five hours' duration. His sympathetic appeals had great effect, not only on the jury, but many of the nrxw.tatora. Grim vissged men, whose fa'ees were rarroic-ed rarroic-ed rarroic-ed by the blasts of many a chilling win'er, yiaided to the controlling feelings of their hearts, and wept as for tbe loss of one from their own fireside, fireside, in this case he has proved himself worthy of the guardianship of this woman's life, and has proven an able and eloquent lawyer. Thursday, 6th Court met. Prisoner seemed haggard and very desponding, and evidently had not rested well throughout the night. Mr. McKaig, for prisoner. It will be impossible, for me to give you any description cf this able and accomplished lawyer's argument before the jury. His fame as an able ana astute lawyer is far and wide throughout the State. He spoke about four hours and submitted the case into the hands of the jury, so far as the prisoner is concerned. concerned. Ex-Gov. Ex-Gov. Ex-Gov. Thomas, for State, then addressed tbe Court in a speech four hours long. He was able and concise in his argument, and, as an orator, this effort caused not his former laurels to wither. Truly, indeed, did that great and good mnn, John Quincy Adams, say that Gov. Thomas was the moat accomplished declaimer in tbewAofs country At o'clock the cause was submitted to the jury. PHday Morning, 7th. This morning, the jury, at tor naving been out all night, had not been able to serve. tHday Afternoon, 3 o'clock- o'clock- The jury informed the court thtt they had agree spon the verdict, when tne prisoner was placed a"P the bar, accom pan tea rv ner brother-in-law, brother-in-law, brother-in-law, brother-in-law, brother-in-law, who has been by her side tnrongnout this solemn scene. The verdict of "Not ttuilty" was then distinctly announced by the toreman. The prisoner's counsel was much sflSctM at this unexpected verdict, and the prisoner prisoner nereea went violently. Thus is the denouement denouement mis most extraordinary trial, which has prrwiueea much excitement in our midst. Q.

Clipped from The Baltimore Sun, 10 Nov 1851, Mon,  Page 4

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