Library of Congress: Andrew Hamilton defending John Peter Zenger in court, 1734-5
John Peter Zenger Is Acquitted After Being Tried for Libel
New York publisher John Peter Zenger is tried for libel after publishing criticism of the Royal Governor of New York. Zenger is defended by Andrew Hamilton and acquitted. His trial establishes the principle that truth is a defense to libel and that a jury may determine whether a publication is defamatory or seditious.
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