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Source:  Friends' Intelligencer - Vol. 1 - No. 14  - Pg. 218
Dated: Eleventh Month 1st, 1838

     Probably most of our readers are informed ere this, that the Grand Jury of this city found a bill of indictment against Thomas Hughes, the reputed slave of Darg, for robbing his master, and included in said bill as accessary to his concealment, David Ruggles, Barney Corse, Isaac T. Hopper, and James S. Gibbons, who were required to give bonds in sums of from $3000 to $5000 each, for their appearance for trial at the next term of the Court of Sessions.  It is no fault of the daily papers of this city, those vehicles of slander and vituperation, if these persons are not now known to the community generally as participants in the crime of felony.  We assure our friends that no fears are entertained for the result, as we believe there is still a sense of justice in the public mind, that will not allow innocent and reputable men to be immolated at the instance of fool-hardy prejudice and avarice. In due sea son, a full exposition of the facts of the case will be laid before the people ; and it will then be seen what an infamous outrage on reputation and rights has been perpetrated by a corrupt police.
Source:  Friends' Intelligencer - Vol. 17 - No.   - Pg. 270
Dated: Twelfth Month 15th, 1838

     Mahan, a citizen of Ohio, who was delivered over by the Governor of that state, on the requisition of the Governor of Kentucky, to be tried for assisting runaway slaves, has been acquitted by a Kentucky jury.  What a comment does this furnish, on the conduct of the chief magistrate of a free state?

The Darg Case is yet in suspension, having been deferred to the next Term in First month.

Source:  Friends' Intelligencer - Vol. 19 - No.   - Pg. 303
Dated: Second Month 1st, 1839
     At the last term of the Court of Sessions, Mr. Jordan, of counsel for Darg, moved to postpone the trial of Tom Hughes, (on the indictment for robbery,) to the next term.  The motion was supported by affidavits, stating that Darg was absent from the city on business, but was ready and willing to appear as prosecutor, and might probably be soon expected.  Mr. Shaler, on behalf of Hughes, opposed the motion, and moved for his discharge, three terms having elapsed since his indictment, and no prosecutor appearing. Hughes was brought into Court, and stated that Darg visited him in prison, before he left the city, and told him that he should not come back; but that he, Hughes, must come to him as soon as he got out of prison.  The motion to postpone was granted, and Hughes recommitted, the Recorder dissenting, for reasons which he stated at large.  He held that Hughes ought to to be discharged.  He also stated that the other persons who were indicted with him, might be discharged on their own recognizances; but no application of the kind was made.
Source:  Friends' Intelligencer - Vol. 20 - No.   - Pg. 236
Dated: Third Month 1st, 1839

     The trial of Tom Hughes took place on the 21st of last month. The court decided that the testimony of Barney Corse was inadmissible, and Tom's counsel remarked that all evidence in his favor was thus cut off. The jury found him guilty and he was sentenced to two years imprisonment at hard labor. The Recorder said, that was the lightest sentence the law allowed, and he would give him a shorter time, if it was in his power. The trial of the other persons who were indicted with him, was put off to the next term.
Source:  Friends' Intelligencer - Vol. 1 - No. 21  - Pg. 287
Dated: Fourth Month 1st, 1839
The trial of Barney Corse took place at the beginning of the last term of the Court of Sessions.  After a protracted examination of witnesses, the Court submitted the case to the Jury, charging in the most unequivocal language, that the accused was innocent of the crime alledged, and ought to be acquitted. Such was the power of prejudice, however, that no verdict was rendered.  The Jurors were discharged, after being out all night.  Thus has an infamous attempt to injure the character of one of our most upright and honorable citizens, been effectually foiled.  A corrupt public press has scattered its lies broadcast in the community, for more than six months.  An almost omnipotent public prejudice has thrown its weight into the small scale of injustice.  Notwithstanding this "unholy alliance," the enemies of virtue have failed in their wicked designs.  We are yet uninformed, as to future action in the case.







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