This Week In Brooklin History

110 years ago this week
March 16, 1888
Myrtle Shooting Outcome

From the March 16, 1888 Whitby Chronicle:


The special meetings of the Baptist church are still in progress. There will be two services next Sunday March 18th at 3 and 7:30 p.m. There will be a number, baptized at the close of the evening service.


The fact that the grand jury let everybody off in the Myrtle shooting scrape shows that with jurors prejudice is stronger than evidence, and affords another strong argument to show that grand juries are of no further service in our system of administering criminal law. Nor can much be said in defence of a system which enable a petit jury to bring a man guilty of common assault who comes within an inch or two of shooting a man's brains out at midnight.

From its working a stranger to the intentions of our trial by jury systems might suppose it was an organized plan for letting men off who have committed crimes. In passing these remarks about juries we would not have people think we are in favor of sending every man down who is charged with a crime. We would gladly accord every prisoner a chance for his life, but it seems apparent that juries give some of them a little too much grace.

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