GOD AND MY COUNTRY
\ɡˈɒd and ma͡ɪ kˈʌntɹi], \ɡˈɒd and maɪ kˈʌntɹi], \ɡ_ˈɒ_d a_n_d m_aɪ k_ˈʌ_n_t_ɹ_i]\
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The answer made by a prisoner, when arraigned, inanswer to the question, "How will you be tried?" In the ancient practice he had thechoice (as appears by the question) whether to submit to the trial by ordeal (by God) orto be tried by a jury, (by the country;) and It is probable that the original form of theanswer was, "By God or my country," whereby the prisoner averred his innocence bydeclining neither of the modes of trial.
By Henry Campbell Black
When a prisoner is arraigned, he is asked, How will you be tried? he answers, "By God and my country." This practice arose when the prisoner had the right to choose the mode of trial, namely, by ordeal or by jury, and then he elected by God or by his country, that is, by jury. It is probable that originally it was "By God or my country" for the question asked supposes an option in the prisoner, and the answer is meant to assert his innocence by declining neither sort of trial. 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 416; Barr. on the Stat. 73, note.
By John Bouvier