‘A Typical Collection of Lower Middle-Class Londoners’
6 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2017
Date Written: September 25, 2017
Roger Casement’s arrest, detention, trial and execution have been continually re-examined over the past century. There has been endless speculation over the use made of the so-called Black Diaries to discredit him and scupper his chances of having his sentence commuted. Another issue which has captured the imagination of scholars is whether or not he was convicted under a correct interpretation of the Treason Act 1351, or whether he was, as he claimed, ‘hanged by a comma.’ The adequacy of his legal representation and case management have also been questioned. This article, however, examines a previously ignored aspect of the Casement trial: the composition of the jury which tried and convicted him.
Keywords: Treason, Roger Casement, Trial, Jury, Juror, Execution, Irish
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