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    A sentence I have a hard time understanding (about law)...

    I'm reading the book "12 Years a Slave" and there is a sentence that goes:

    "Upon this testimony the court held the fact to be established, that Burch came innocently and honestly by me, and accordingly
    he was discharged."

    I have difficulty especially in the first part "Upon this testimony the court held the fact to be established..."

    I can provide more context if need be.

    Thank you in advance for your help.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 17-Feb-2015 at 19:16. Reason: Fixed line breaks

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    Re: A sentence I have a hard time understanding (about law)...

    After hearing this testimony, the court decided that the (unspecified) fact had been established (proven).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A sentence I have a hard time understanding (about law)...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    After hearing this testimony, the court decided that the (unspecified) fact had been established (proven).
    Thank you! I have no more, if you could help me please:

    "An attempt was then made by Burch and his satellites, to fasten upon me the charge that I had conspired with the two white men to defraud him—with what success, appears in an extract taken from an article in the New-York Times, published a day or two subsequent to the trial: ..."

    The bold part, in particular.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 17-Feb-2015 at 19:30. Reason: Sorted out line breaks again!

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    Re: A sentence I have a hard time understanding (about law)...

    Quote Originally Posted by Super Sonic View Post
    Thank you! I have no more, if you could help me please:
    I don't think you meant what I have marked in red above.
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    Re: A sentence I have a hard time understanding (about law)...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't think you meant what I have marked in red above.
    Oh, yeah, I meant "I have one more." Sorry and thank you again! :D

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