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"What we refer to as “The Good Old Days” were not so good if you were convicted of a crime. A century or more ago, justice was more swift and public. Whether justice was served accurately or not will not be addressed here."
Thus begins a short article by O.C. Stonestreet, writing in the Mar. 30, 2008 issue of the Statesville Record and Landmark of Iredell Co., NC.
Click on the title link to read about 1800's style "crime and punishment" in the US.