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Author of Expert and Opinion Evidence," " Insanity as a Defence to

Crime, etc., etc.

ST. LOUIS:
F. H. THOMAS & COMPANY.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1884, by

JOHN D. LAWSON,

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

St. Louis. Mo.
Press of Niron-Jones Printing Co.

PREFACE.

The present volume completes the series of " Leading Cases Simplified.” In my first volume (Common Law Cases) I stated my object to be to present the leading cases of the Common Law in a brief and semihumorous form. The favor with which my attempt was received induced me, in a second volume, to treat in the same way the leading cases in Equity and Constitutional Law. And in this third volume, both the student and the practitioner will be able, I think, to find all the leading cases and all the principles of the criminal law, as administered at common law and to some extent as altered by statute.

To those (and I include the lay reader here) who are asking why it is that the punishment of crime throughout the United States has become so slow and so uncertain, I submit “My Assize Sermon to the Judges of Appeal” as containing an answer to this growing inquiry.

J. D. L. ST. LOUIS, JUNE 1884.

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