The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1 Page: 367
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Laws a,id Decrees of Coal-uila and Texas. 257
ART. 21. The executive'officers; in case of necessity, may demand of
the respective commandants, the assistance of the civil militia, to carry
into execution the orders' ivliich they may have rceived from the competent
authority; and every 'citizen is under obligation to assist them in
the fulfilment of this duty.
ART. 22. During the time of the sessions of the court, there shall be
appointed by lot, six constables, who shall assist the sheriff of the district;
and'three others for the subaltern sheriff.
ART. 23. 'For this purpose, the names of all the constables of the respectiye
jurisdictions shall be put together, and the secretaries of districts,
'or the primary judges, as the case may be, shall draiw out the nine'
provided for in the preceding article,.and shall communicate the result
to the individuals who may in this manner have been appointed.
ART. 24. The juries are judges of all the facts in controversy, and of.
the laws concerning evidence, subject to the instruction of the judge,
but they have the right to differ from him in opinion; but in regard to
all other laws, they 'shall be regulated strictly according to their-literal
ART. 25. The facts established by the decision of the jury shall be considered
as conclusive, and cannot be controverted before any tribunal or
authority, except in the single case of corruption of the jury.
ART. '26. In all criminal cases, at the.time of forming the jury, the
accused shall haye the right to object peremptorily and without assigning
his reasons to twenty of the individuals named as jurors.
ART. 27. Any person interested in the case may object to jurors on account
of any of the following'disabilities: For not being a citizen in the
exercise of his rights; For being under twenty years of age, if married, or
under twenty-five if'a single man; For having committed some crime of'
treachery or falsehood, r' any other whatever meriting corporal punishment;
For want of impartiality on account of being a relative of one of
the parties within the fifth degree inclusive; For having acted in the case
on a former occasion, as judge, juror, arbiter, or arbitrator: For having
some private interest in the case: For having been suborned, or having
received pay for administering justice: For having been counsel, attorney,
or agent, for one of the parties in the case pending; or for being actually
his servant or master. These disabilities are absolute, and the judge shall
determine them by one witness, or such other testimony as he may deem
ART. 28. Jurors may also be objected to for any just suspicion of partiality
whatever, established by' indications or circumstances at the discretion
ART. 29. All the judicial acts contemplated by this law, shall be public,
except-the investigation of the police.
ART.' 30; The trial, in all criminal. cases, shall be conducted in the
language of the accused party, provided it be one. of the two idioms established
by law in Texas; and if a jury acquainted with the language.
ol:the defendant cannot be procured in
the district where'the crime was
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 Volume 1, book, 1898; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5872/m1/375/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .