In English law. This was the statute 52 Geo. III. c. 00, whichsecured to juries, upon the trial of indictments for libel, the right of pronouncing ageneral verdict of guilty or not guilty upon the whole matter in issue, and no longerbound them to find a verdict of guilty on proof of the publication of the paper chargedto be a libel, and of the sense ascribed to it in the indictment. Wharton.