State v. Luke, a Slave

State v. Luke, a Slave

Lower Court

  • St. Johns County


  • 1853


  • 440


  • 773


On which said Bill of Indictment are the following Endorsements, Circuit: "in Circuit Court, State of Florida_vs_Luke a Slave Indictment_ "Maliciously wounding animals. A true Bill. Geo. Center_Foreman. Witness_ ? Jane Long_??_ Frank____Sanderson.

"Plea_ not Guilty" Gould__McIntosh_ Defts attys_ And afterwards, to wit: on Wednesday the 5[th] day of November, 1851- Present the Hon. Thomas Douglas, Judge.

The State of Florida


Luke a Slave

Indictment_ Maliciously wounds animals. And now at this day come John P. Sanderson, Solicitor, who prosecutes the Pleas of the State of Florida in this behalf; and also comes Luke a slave, who stands indicted for maliciously wounding animals, and who being arraigned on the same, to the same Pleads not Guilty and thereupon came a Jury, to wit: Stephen Arnosee. John Masters. Gabriel Masters. Bartolo Segue . Antonio Canova . E J. Medicis . Jospeh Pacetty . Joseph Andrew. Francis Rogers. Gabriel Pomar. Martin Connor. John Rose. Who being duly sworn to well and truly dry and true Deliverance make between the State of Florida and Luke, a slave, belonging to Abraham Duport, and a true verdict give according to the Evidence, upon their Oaths do say, that they find the said Defendant "Guilty" and assess the punishment at three Months Imprisonment.

Thereupon the attorneys of the Defendant made the following motion, and entered the same on the motion Docket, to wit

State of Florida


Luke a Slave

Malicious Mischief

And now on this Day comes the said Defendant by his attorney s Gould & McIntosh, and Moves the Court to Arrest the Judgment in the above Entitled cause and for a new trail.

1[st] Because the said Defendant has committed no act by which he may be criminally Punished__

2[nd] That he act of which the said Defendant has Convicted was not Committed Maliciously nor could be by him as a slave without which there is no offence__

And afterwards to wit: On Friday the 7[th] day of November 1851,