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THURSDAY, MAROR 31, 1831.…

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A somewhat singular episode in crimina jurisprudence has just occurred at the Mid- dlesex Sessions, and it illustrates, also, the latent affection which the British public has for that essentially British institution, trial by jury. A young woman, rejoicing in the harmonious name of Bessie Dando, was in- dicted for stealing a flower plant worth a few pence. She had been previously charged at a police-court with the offence,and the sitting magistrates sentenced her to twenty-one days' imprisonment. Bessie Dando, how- ever, was not wholly ignorant of the law, and she claimed the privilege of a clause in the Summary Jurisdiction Act,and demanded her inalienable right to have her guilt or innocence determined by a jury of her feilow- countrymen. To this appeal the Middlesex jury who dealt with the case did not give an entirely satisfactory answer, although it was one that proved, perhaps, more acceptable to the accused then the prosecutor. Ths jury, like the special panel that had to try a not more important, but far more pungent and exciting issue in the same county, were unable to agree, and they, too, were discharged without giving a verdict. The prisoner is to be tried again, but she has been temporarily set at liberty on bail. There appears to be a good deal of fuss no end of delay, much expenditure of time, and a considerable display of forensic ability about a twopenny halfpenny garden plant. But spite and the law must, you know, be vindicated.

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