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A rush to judgment : the unfair trial of Louis Riel

Author: Roger E Salhany
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Dundurn, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Did Louis Riel have a fair trial? The trial and conviction of Louis Riel for treason in the summer of 1885 and his execution on November 16, 1885, have been the subject of historical comment and criticism for over one hundred years. A Rush to Judgment challenges the view held by some historians that Riel received a fair trial. Roger E. Salhany argues that the judge allowed the prosecutors to control the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Trials, litigation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Salhany, Roger E.
Rush to judgment.
Toronto : Dundurn, 2019
(OCoLC)1099568993
Named Person: Louis Riel; Louis Riel
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roger E Salhany
ISBN: 9781459746107 1459746104 9781459746114 1459746112
OCLC Number: 1121074738
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; Contents; CHAPTER 1: Introduction; CHAPTER 2: The Early Years; CHAPTER 3: The Rebellion; CHAPTER 4: The Players; CHAPTER 5: The Evidence of Treason; CHAPTER 6: The Defence of Insanity; CHAPTER 7: The Speech by the Defence; CHAPTER 8: Riel's Speech from the Dock; CHAPTER 9: The Speech by the Crown; CHAPTER 10: The Judge's Charge to the Jury; CHAPTER 11: The Verdict of the Jury; CHAPTER 12: The Appeals; CHAPTER 13: The Medical Commission; CHAPTER 14: The Aftermath; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Image Credits; Index
Responsibility: Roger E. Salhany.

Abstract:

"Did Louis Riel have a fair trial? The trial and conviction of Louis Riel for treason in the summer of 1885 and his execution on November 16, 1885, have been the subject of historical comment and criticism for over one hundred years. A Rush to Judgment challenges the view held by some historians that Riel received a fair trial. Roger E. Salhany argues that the judge allowed the prosecutors to control the proceedings, was biased in his charge to the jury, and failed to properly explain to the jury how they were to consider the evidence of legal insanity. He also argues that the government was anxious to ensure the execution of Riel, notwithstanding the recommendation of the jury for clemency, because of concerns that if Riel was sent to a mental hospital or prison, he would eventually be released and cause further trouble."--

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