American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Zenger, John Peter 1697-1746. German-born colonial printer and journalist whose acquittal (1735) of libel charges in New York City established a legal precedent for freedom of the press.
“My good friend Jack Zenger, author of The Extraordinary Leader, has just written an article, entitled "Making Yourself Indispensable.”
“Judges and prosecutors hate this process, since it takes a lot of power away from them, but it has a reason and a purpose in the history of British common law, two notable examples being the notorious Zenger case in the UK and the failure of prosecutions in both fugitive slave cases and prohibition cases.”
“In the 18th century, a journalist named John Peter Zenger published a series of articles critical of the royal governor, for which he was jailed.”
“Through serendipity and the community coming together, they were able to pull together a team of 14 people to take care of 30 chickens to form Eastside Egg Co-op, along with the help of a Heifer International grant at the nonprofit education-based Zenger Farm.”
“In an address to the American Legion delivered on the steps of Federal Hall in New York in September 1945, after first paying tribute to his ancestor Anthony deMil, who was buried nearby in Trinity churchyard, to John Peter Zenger and to George Washington, who was inaugurated on the same spot, DeMille launched into his primary points:”
“As Zenger described in his account of the trial, A Brief Narrative of the Case and Trial of John Peter Zenger (1736):”
“Advocating jury nullification is only unethical if jury nullification is itself unethical– a highly questionable stance, given such historical examples as the Zenger libel case, the nullification of the Fugitive Slave Laws, and the role of nullification in the repeal of Prohibition.”
“Alexander had been a vigorous champion of the freedom of the press in connection with the Zenger trial.”
“Both in their public and private statements, they constantly reiterated their regard for their responsibilities as American citizens, defenders of the Constitution, and bearers of the radical tradition of Zenger, Paine, Altgeld, Debs. 28”
“Many people will take comfort in the Zenger example but far fewer will be willing to intentionally mislead a prosecutor or Federal judge who has asked them (under oath) a direct question.”
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