State v. John H. Cockreham

Order: 
Supreme Court Case Name: 
State v. John H. Cockreham
Case Date: 
1846
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Criminal
Cause/Crime: 
Disturbance of Public Worship

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County:

Division: 
East
Number of Pages: 
42
Notes / Description: 

Defendant accused of interrupting a congregation of Methodists assembled to worship by "talking, cussing and swearing with a loud voice" and so disturbing public worship, said disturbance to be "against good morals" & "in contempt of religion." Transcript notes that one potential witness, William King, was "objected to as incompetent being of mixed blood." Also, judge told jury all that was necessary to constitute a disturbance was that 1 individual be disturbed, not entire congregation.