Laws of the Republic of Texas, in two volumes. Volume 02. Page: 43
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To provide for the punishment of Crimes and Misdemeanors.
committed by slaves and fiee persons of color.
SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the senate and house of representatives
of the republic of Texas, in congress assembled, That
from and after the passage of this act, the following shall be considered
as capital offences when committed by a slave or free
person of color, to wit: Insurrection or any attempt to excite it,
poisoning or attempting to poison, committing a rape or attempting
it on any free white female, assaulting a free white person,
with intent to kill, or with a weapon likely to produce death, or
maiming a free white person, arson, murder, burglary, every and
each of which offences shall be triable in the district courts and
upon conviction shall be punished with death.
SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, That it shall not be lawful
for any free person of color, to inveigle or entice away from
their owner or master, any slave or slaves, nor to aid or assist any
slave or slaves in leaving this republic, without the consent of the
owner of such slave or slaves: nor shall it be lawful for any free
person of color to conceal or render aid or assistance to any runaway
slava with the intent to prevent the return of such runaway
to his or her owner, and upon conviction of any of the
foregoing offences before the district courts, such free person of
color shall be fined in a sum equal to the value of such slave or
slaves, and on failure to pay the said fine shall be sold as a slave
Snc. 3. Be it further enacted, That all other crimes and
misdemeanors, known to the common law of England, committed
by slaves, shall be triable before the county courts, and on
conviction shall be punishable at the discretion of said court, so
as not to extend to life or limb.
SEC. 4. Be it further enacted, That upon complaint made
upon oath to any member of the county court, of any offence
not capital having been committed by any stave, it shall be the
duty of said court forthwith to call a special term of said court
for the trial of such slave, and when any such special term may
be called, it shall be the duty of the county court in conjunction
with the sheriff to draw fifteen jurors, in the usual way to attend
such term, and if any of them should fail to attend, or from chali
lenges the number of twelve should not be had, it shall be made
lp from the bystanders.
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