Public opinion comes of age


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History Today
Vol. 8, no. 7 (July 1958), p. 453-461


A series of cases over a period of sixty years had raised the question of whether juries could pronounce on the substance of charges of libel and sedition or merely on the facts of publication. Fox's Libel Act of 1791 put an end to doubt and thereby admitted the public to a larger vote in political affairs