SHARPE, Robert J.
Title: Lazier Murder, Prince Edward County, 1884. Decond Printing in dustjacket
Publisher:  Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History / Universiity of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2012, ISBN:9781442644212
Seller ID: 106487
SHARPE, Robert J. The Lazier Murder, Prince Edward County, 1884. Tooronto /Buffalo / London : Published for The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal Hi story by University of Toronto Press, (2012). Second Printing. Pp (6),[vii]-viii,(8),-189,(5),+ 12 pp plates. Index. 8vo, red paper covered boards,black lettering to front board and spine. "In December 1883, Peter Lazier was shot in the heart during a bungled robbery at a Prince Edward County farmhouse. Three local men, pleading innocence from start to finish, were arrested and charged with his murder. Two of them — Joseph Thomset and David Lowder — were sentenced to death by a jury of local citizens the following May. Nevertheless, appalled community members believed at least one of them to be innocent — even pleading with prime minister John A. Macdonald to spare them from the gallows. The Lazier Murder explores a community's response to a crime, as well as the realization that it may have contributed to a miscarriage of justice. Robert J. Sharpe reconstructs and contextualizes the case using archival and contemporary newspaper accounts. The Lazier Murder provides an insightful look at the changing pattern of criminal justice in nineteenth-century Canada, and the enduring problem of wrongful convictions." (from the dj). Contents : 1. Introduction. 2. The Crime. 3. Hugh McKinnon: Detective. 4. A Place Apart. 5. Coroner's Inquest . 6. Committal Proceedings. 7. Picton Spring Assizes, 1884. 8. Surprise Evidence. 9. The Defence. 10. Verdict. 11. Last Hope. 12. Pleas for Mercy 13. The Day of Execution Approaches. 14. Community Conscience . Very good in dustjacket. 30.00