A London Jury, hang half and save half.

Some affirm this of an Essex others of a Middlesex jury. Perhaps it is equally true of all; that is, untrue of all three. It supposes that these jurors, either unable or unwilling to be at the pains of attending to the evidence, endeavour to temper justice with mercy, by acquitting one half of the prisoners, and condemning the other. An hour’s attendance at the Old-Bailey would shew the falsity of this adage.

Entry taken from Provincial Glossary, edited by Francis Grose.

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