ALEXANDER HAMILTON AS CRIMINAL,
of the criminal cases in which Hamilton figured as counsel was sensational,
that of the People vs. Levi Weeks in the spring of 1800.
The body of Gulielma, who apparently was
promiscuous with her numerous suitors, was found in one of the wells
of the Manhattan Company. Young Weeks was among several men boarding
in the home of a Quaker couple, Gulielma Sands was their niece. The
second day of the actual trial, April 1, the court sat * late.... Before
adjournment was taken to next morning, a candle was brought to the witness
box where sat one Richard Croucher, an unsavory character hostile to
the defense. "
by Broadus Mitchell, NY 1962
"Hamilton sent for two candles, and
by placing one on each side of the witness box threw Croucher's face
into strong relief, and then confronted him with a fixed and piercing
gaze. Objection was made to this procedure, but the court overruled
the objection. The attention of every one was riveted in breathless
silence upon the witness. Hamilton continued: 'The jury will mark every
muscle of his face, every motion of his eye. I conjure you to look through
that man's countenance to his conscience.' A severe cross-examination
followed. The wretched witness stumbled, contradicted himself, and utterly
broke down. The jury acquitted the prisoner without leaving their seats.
by Henry Cabot Lodge, Boston 1882