Author: Richmond Hustings Court

PRIMARY DOCUMENT

Trial of George Wythe Sweeney (June 2 and 23, 1806)

In these minutes of the Hustings Court in Richmond, dated June 2 and June 23, 1806, George Wythe Sweeney is "examined" first for forgery and then for murder. Authorities alleged that he had forged six checks in the name of his great uncle, George Wythe. Upon Wythe's death, on June 8, the authorities charged Sweeney with murdering him with arsenic. The Hustings Court—composed of about half the members of the Richmond City Council, including the mayor and a recorder—had the power and jurisdiction of a county court. When the court convicted defendants, it sent them to the district court for trial.

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