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What happened because of the Zenger and Cosby court case in colonial New York?

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Nicholas Rivera on March 30, 2019

Almost one hundred years later, in 1735, a legal matter to test the patience of the settlers. It all started when a New York newspaper criticized the governor, Sir William Cosby. Governor Cosby was very angry and ordered people to burn copies of the newspaper. Also ordered the officers to arrest the newspaper's editor, John P. Zenger, for libel (writing or publishing comments that hurt a person's reputation). Zenger's lawyer, Andrew Hamilton, defended Zenger in court. Hamilton convinced the jury that Governor Cosby was wrong and that the court allow Zenger to go. This gave rise to the freedom of the press, which would later become part of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution


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