Trial of John Peltier for libel against Napoleon

The trial of John Peltier : for a libel against Napoleon Buonaparté, at the Court of King's-Bench, Middlesex, on Monday the 21st of February, 1803.

John Peltier was a French emigre and publisher of L'Ambigu which printed scathing satire and criticism of Napoleon in 1802. He was sued for libel and defended by a famous Whig orator, James Mackintosh. Unfortunately it took the jury less than a minute to find him guilty of criminal libel. However, Peltier went on to publish a bi-lingual account of the trial which he sold by subscription and made a fortune on.**

**Burrows, Simon. French exile journalism and European politics, 1792-1814. Accessed 3/27/12.

Libel Trials
Trial of John Peltier for libel against Napoleon