4 D.C. 603 (C.C.D.C. 1835), 14,894, United States v. Cross

Docket Nº:14,894[1]
Citation:4 D.C. 603, 25 F.Cas. 705
Opinion Judge:THRUSTON, Circuit Judge,
Party Name:UNITED STATES v. CROSS.

Page 603

4 D.C. 603 (C.C.D.C. 1835)

25 F.Cas. 705

UNITED STATES

v.

CROSS.

No. 14,894 [1]

Circuit Court, District of Columbia.

November Term, 1835

The first count of the indictment was for a common assault and battery on ‘ one negro Milly.’ The second count charged the defendant [George Cross] with an assault upon one negro Milly, ‘ in a public road and highway in the county aforesaid,’ and cruelly beating her, ‘ to the great damage of the said Milly and to the terror and disturbance and annoyance of the good citizens of the United States then and there passing and repassing on and near the said public road and highway, and there and thereabouts living and abiding, and against the peace and government of the United States.’ It appeared in evidence that Milly was the slave of Mr. Z. Walker; and at the prayer of the attorney of the United States— —

It is an indictable offense to cruelly beat the slave of another, in the public highway, and leave her there, exposed to public view.

THE COURT instructed the jury that if they should be of opinion, from the evidence, that the defendant cruelly beat the slave in the public highway, and left her there, exposed to public view...

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