[Ads-l] "criminal lawyer"

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Sat Nov 26 21:45:29 UTC 2022

(with an ironic emphasis on "criminal).

            ***  Mr. Riker's claim to the epithet criminal lawyer, in one
sense of the phrase at least, we are not inclined to dispute. . . .

           N-Y Evening Post, February 11, 1833, p. 2, col. 6

            . . . Richard Riker, Esq., who is said to have been justly
celebrated as the “*greatest criminal*” judge in the country. (p. 156)

           Frederick Jackson.  *The Victim of Chancery*.  N. Y., 1841.   [The
author explains that this was a witticism of his political opponents.]


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998.

But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings, from
your lowly tomb. . .
L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", Poems.  Boston, 1827, p. 112

The Trump of Doom -- also known as The Dunghill Toadstool.  (Here's a
picture of his great-grandfather.)

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