Respublica v. Malin

1 Dallas includes a case entitled Respublica versus Malin, which was heard by a Court of Oyer and Terminer. The case is not one you would have encountered in law school.

In studying the American Revolution, we don’t hear much about traitors, except for the infamous Benedict Arnold. However, Respublica v. Malin provides some insight into the times where the Defendant mistook a corps of American troops for British and went over to them. At issue was whether the Defendant’s words constituted high treason. Interesting not from a legal perspective, but a historical one.

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