Skipman Posted 2 January , 2011 Share Posted 2 January , 2011 The trial of Sir Roger CasementThe jury returned into Court at 3.48.The KING'S CORONER Gentlemen of the jury, will you answer to yournames ?The names of the jury were called over.The KING'S CORONER Are you agreed upon your verdict?The FOREMAN OF THE JURY We are.The KING'S CORONER How say you; do you find the prisoner, SirRoger David Casement, guilty or not guilty of the high treason whereof hestands indicted?The FOREMAN OF THE JURY Guilty.The KING'S CORONER You find Sir Roger David Casement guilty ofhigh treason, and is that the verdict of you all?The FOREMAN OF THE JURY Yes.The KING'S CORONER Sir Roger David Casement, you stand convictedof high treason. What have you to say for yourself why the Court shouldnot pass sentence and judgment upon you to die according to law?The PRISONER My Lord Chief Justice, as I wish to reach a much wideraudience than I see before me here, I intended to read all that I propose tosay. What I shall read now is something I wrote more than twenty daysago. I may say, my lord, at once, that I protest against the jurisdictionof this Court in my case on this charge, and the argument that I am nowgoing to read is addressed not to this Court, but to my own countrymen.There is an objection, possibly not good in law, but surely good onmoral grounds, against the application to me here of this old Englishstatute, 565 years old, that seeks to deprive an Irishman to-day of lifeand honour, not for "adhering to the King's enemies," but for adheringto his own people.When this statute was passed, in 1351, what was the state of men'sminds on the question of a far higher allegiance that of a man to Godand His kingdom? The law of that day did not permit a man to forsakehis church or deny his God save with his life. The " heretic then had thesame doom as the traitor ."Part of the Secret CodeMike Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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