The Criminal Twilight Zone: Pre-Trial Procedures in the 1840's

  • W. Wesley Pue


The following article focuses upon an acclaimed piece of reform legislation in the area of pretrial procedures, contrasting the expectations and perceived accomplishments of the legislation with the actual reform achieved. The comparison reveals some of the pitfalls and compromises involved in introducing legislation within a controversial area of law. In addition, the author provides an interesting analysis of the law regarding pre-trial procedures in the 1840's through the criticisms offered to the legislators by the legal community at that time.