On August 5, 1735, a dozen jurors in New York returned of not guilty for the German born printer John Peter Zenger. The defendant had been charged with "seditious libels" by none other than the royal governor of New York - William Cosby. When the governor wrongly removed the chief justice of New York's supreme court, Zenger took the side of the ousted judge. He also began to attack the governor in his newspaper the New-York Weekly Journal. On November 17, 1734, the sheriff arrested Zenger, placing him in New York's Old City Jail, where Zenger remained for the next eight months. Zenger's attorney, Andrew Hamilton, summarized that the case was not about his client. Instead he argued that a larger issue was at stake. He stated the outcome ...may in its consequence affect every free man that lives under a British government on the main of America. It is the best cause. It is the cause of liberty. And I make no doubt but your upright conduct this day will not only entitle you to the love and esteem of your fellow citizens, but every man who prefers freedom to a life of slavery will bless and honor you as men who have baffled the attempt of tyranny, and by an impartial and uncorrupt verdict have laid a noble foundation for securing to ourselves, our posterity, and our neighbors, that to which nature and the laws of our country have given us a right to liberty of both exposing and opposing arbitrary power (in these parts of the world at least) by speaking and writing truth.