An Account of the Proceedings on the Trial of Susan B. Anthony, page 75
this high court guilty of a crime she never committed.
The court after hearing the district attorney, denied the motion.
JUDGE HUNT--(Ordering the defendant to stand up), "Has the prisoner anything to say why sentence shall not be pronounced?"
MISS ANTHONY--Yes, your honor, I have many things to say; for in your ordered verdict of guilty, you have trampled under foot every vital principle of our government. My natural rights, my civil rights, my political rights, my judicial rights, are all alike ignored. Robbed of the fundamental privilege of citizenship, I am degraded from the status of a citizen to that of a subject; and not only myself individually, but all of my sex, are, by your honor's verdict, doomed to political subjection under this, so-called, form of government.
JUDGE HUNT--The Court cannot listen to a rehearsal of arguments the prisoner's counsel has already consumed three hours in presenting.
MISS ANTHONY--May it please your honor, I am not arguing the question, but simply stating the reasons why sentence cannot, in justice, be pronounced against me. Your denial of my citizen's right to vote, is the denial of my right of consent as one of the governed, the denial of my right of representation as one of the taxed, the denial of my right to a trial by a jury of my peers, as an offender against law, therefore, the denial of my sacred rights to life, liberty, property and--
JUDGE HUNT--The Court cannot allow the prisoner to go on.
MISS ANTHONY--But your honor will not deny me this one and only poor privilege of protest against this high-handed outrage upon my citizen's rights. May it please the Court to remember that since the day of my arrest last November, this is the first time that either myself or any person of my disfranchised class has been allowed a word of defense before judge or jury--
JUDGE HUNT--The prisoner must sit down--the Court cannot allow it.
MISS ANTHONY--All of my prosecutors, from the 8th ward corner grocery politician,
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