October 26, 1866
A Judge on the Henrico County Circuit Court said the most important issue to the public was that the laws have changed the status of black citizens so as to make them equal under the law to white people. He feared an instance where the same justice would be handed to a black man as to a white man.
Henrico Court.--The Henrico Circuit Court commenced its session yesterday in the capitol. Judge Christian delivered an able charge to the grand jury. The point most important to the public in these "troublesome times" was that relating to the freedmen. He said that as the Legislature of Virginia had changed its laws to comply with the present requisitions of the Federal Government, no distinction could be made between a white man and a freedman in the administration of those laws, and the same justice was to be meted out to both.
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