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Pirate Trials: Dastardly Deeds & Last Words by [Rossignol, Ken]
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"A modern day look at trials held for pirates back in the late 1700's and 1800's in both England and the United States.   It is amazing to hear from the actual records of their trials some of the last words of the convicted.   When the death penalty was given by a judge during these times it was carried out very rapidly after the finding of guilt and often fit the crimes much more so than our bland criminal justice system of today.   
If piracy interests you, or even legal trials of this period of history then this is the book for you!" - David Wright - Lawman
Review:  Pirate Trials:  Dastardly Deeds and Last Words
"The author's ability to translate the material into a more contemporaryand understandable style without degrading the historical accounts is atestament to his skill.  As I readthrough each account and chapter, knowing that these were actual real-lifeaccounts, mesmerized me.  From theattempted murder of a whole crew or the commandeering of a ship after killingits captain, through to an actual account of a pirate ship's takeover ofanother one, each report furthered my intrigue regarding the terrible deedsthat pirates would commit.  Also, the waythe book was structured, and even an actual Q and A session, wasthrilling. 
 Thisis a superb collection of pirate trials that is sure to entertain anyone thathas an interest in real life piracy and how the court systems dealt with itduring that time.  I've no doubt thatI'll keep this in my library and reread it again in the future." - Amazon reader

From the Author

Ho, Ho, Ho and a Bottle of Rum!CHIEF JUSTICE MARSHALL SITS ON CASE OF MURDER & PIRACYThe fourth Chief Justiceof the United States Supreme Court, nominated by President John Adams in thefinal months of his presidency following his defeat for reelection to ThomasJefferson, Marshall's leadership on the court established the court as an equalbranch of government to the Executive and Congress.  He became the longest-serving Chief Justice,serving 34 years from 1801 to 1835 when he died at the age of 79.
Chief Justice Marshallauthored landmark decisions on the court (Marbury v Madison) involving theCourt's authority to expound constitutional law and exercise Judicial Reviewand to declare laws made by Congress unconstitutional, thereby holding the Constitutionas the law of the land; (McCullough v Maryland) the authorityof the federal government to establish a national bank and (Gibbons v Ogden) toregulate interstate commerce.  Thosecases were decided prior to Chief Justice Marshall sitting on the trial of theThree Spaniards charged with Piracy and Murder in the matter of the BrigCrawford held in July of 1827.
One of Chief JusticeMarshall's rulings in the Maryland case reverberates today in politicaldiscourse: Letting Maryland tax the bank would give one state "the power todestroy" it. That wasn't what the American people intended, Marshall says, whenthey made the Constitution "supreme."

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  • File Size: 2179 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Privateer Clause Publishing Co. (November 27, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 27, 2012
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  • Language: English
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