Trial of John Peltier for libel against Napoleon
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.