Friday, September 17, 2010

As I care and I love
All revenge I halt and reserve
This torment that i serve
I bear it, though i dont deserve

Allahumma reward me in my misfortune and substitute it with a better one.

By God and My Peers

Monday, September 6, 2010

August 13th 1935, a young man driving his Lancia car had collided with with another car from opposite direction, causing the death of poor chap in the other car. He made a police report, inquest was held and the Coroner Court found that the death was caused by the young man . The Coroner Court, the jury had no regards to the person during the inquest.The young man then found himself to be committed for trial at Central Criminal Court of London for manslaughter.

However, it was so much worse for the poor young man, for his name is Edward Southwell Russell, the 26th Lord De Clifford, Baron title in the Peerage of England created in 1299. For the law of that time that a peer (baron, viscount, earl, marquee and duke of realm of England) can only be tried by his own peers, by virtue of 1341 statute where the Crown ordered-
Whereas before this time the peers of the land have been arrested and imprisoned, and their temporalities, lands, and tenements, goods and cattels, asseized in the King's hands, and some put to death without judgment of their peers: It is accorded and assented, that no peer of the land ... shall be brought in judgment to lose his temporalities, lands, tenements, goods and cattels, nor to be arrested, imprisoned, outlawed, exiled, nor forejudged, nor put to answer, nor be judged, but by award of the said peers in Parliament.
Thus, the trial commenced in the upper house of the English Parliament, the House of Lords. Before it started, the name of their lordships, a total of 86, who were present was called and answered "here".

The indictment was read to Lord De Clifford by the Clerk of the Parliament, ending with, "how say you my Lord, are you Guilty of the felony with which you are charged or Not Guilty?". Lord De Clifford responded "Not Guilty". He was further asked, "How will you be tried?" . Then the dramatic answer, "BY GOD AND MY PEERS."

The trial took place in the House of Lords, presided by Lord High Steward, assisted by four High Court Judges, among them was Justice Goddard (later Lord Goddard). At the end of the trial, their lordships of the House were to vote. The Clerk of the Parliament called every peer (lord) by his name, whereupon they put their hand at their heart and cried, "Not Guilty upon my honour," till the very last of them. The poor young lord was thereafter acquitted after the horrible trial before the House of Lords, the last trial of its kind, abolished in 1948 by amendment to Criminal Justice Act.


For my wrongs and mistakes I might have intentionally or unintentionally committed, the wrongs and mistakes which might only be offence to certain quarters of people,or even an act or omission so peculiar only to an individual soul, which the rest of the world may dissent against him or her,I hereby with no condition and qualification plead guilty and i appeal to your magnanimity for forgiveness. These mistakes and sins can only be forgiven by God and my peer, hence i beg forgiveness from Allah and upon whom these mistakes meet, my brother, my sister and friends, I am at your mercy. Forgive me.

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