HL Deb 07 April 1848 vol 98 cc1-2

LORD DENMAN moved the Second Reading of the Bail for Manslaughter Bill. He concurred in the suggestion of a noble Earl opposite, that the powers con- ferred by the Bill should be given, not to coroners, but to justices of the peace. An amendment of the law such as that now proposed was required, for at present, while rich men might suffer but slightly when accused, poor men might be committed and kept in prison for a period which was in itself a punishment.

After a few remarks from the Earl of ELLENBOROUGH,

Bill read 2a.

House adjourned.

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