Prosecution and radical discourse during the 1790s: The case of the Scottish sedition trials
Davis, M. T. (2005) Prosecution and radical discourse during the 1790s: The case of the Scottish sedition trials. International Journal of The Sociology of Law, 333: 148-158. doi:10.1016/j.ijsl.2005.09.001
This essay looks at the sedition trials in Scotland during the 1790s to examine how prosecution was exploited by radicals as a forum for political expression. As the government instituted a concerted campaign against radical activism, an increasing number of reformers faced trial on sedition and treason in this period. The courtroom emerged as an alternative venue for political discourse and this essay will explore some of the ways by which radicals challenged the dominant discursive and performative elements of trial proceedings. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.