Sir John A. Defends a Rapist

1837
Corner view of the Kingston Customs House, showing the façade with the main entrance, 1927. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Corner view of the Kingston Customs House, showing the façade with the main entrance, 1927. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

As a young lawyer, John A. is involved in several spectacular criminal cases. In 1837, the 22-year-old Macdonald defends the son of a well-known Loyalist family who was accused of raping an eight-year-old girl. The punishment for such a crime is death by hanging. Macdonald's main defence claim is that his client was too drunk to have successfully committed the offence. He loses the case and the accused is publically hanged outside the old courthouse (near the present-day customs house).