6 December 1911: The prisoner addressed the jury saying that they were not living in the Dark Ages and he was satisfied he had said nothing the law did not permit him to say
Two blasphemy cases were heard at the Leeds Assizes yesterday. In the first the accused was Thomas William Stewart (28), described as an analytical chemist, and known as “Dr. Nikola.”
The foreman of the jury: We have had enough of it.
The Prisoner: If the jury wish to condemn me unheard I have done.
His Lordship: The jury wish to do nothing of the sort. They have listened to you for over an hour, and you have not come near to the point yet.
The Prisoner: I may be ignorant of the law, but I am sensible enough to know if I offend the jury, it will not help me.
The Prisoner: The sentence is worthy of your religion, my lord. Great may be your reward in heaven.
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