12 MAY 1866, Page 2

The Exchequer Chamber, sitting in error, has confirmed the decision

of the fifteen judges as to the legality of Charlotte Win- sor's—the professional child-murderess's—conviction, and she may now therefore be executed. There is an impression that the respiting requisite to have the legal point in her favour discussed is sufficient ground for a commutation of sentence. But we see no justice in such a plea. Rather should the fact that, in the absence of any moral excuse for the most cruel criminal of our own age, every legal point in her favour has been at great length heard and exhausted, be regarded as in itself the fullest satisfac- tion of every claim she had upon the country. Claim for mercy she certainly has none.