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Matthew HaleA man from Bury St. Edwards in the County of Suffolk, known to be Lord Chief Baron of His Majesties Court of Exchequer. He was a dominant figure on the King's Bench for nearly twenty years. Most famously, Matthew Hale was the magistrate presiding over the trial of Amy Denny and Rose Cullender. He indicted Denny and Cullender on thirteen counts of witchcraft and condemned them to death by hanging, carried out on March 17, 1662. Hale is said to have been hesitant to acquit or pardon Denny and Cullender, lest he give support to a disbelief in witchcraft and thus in Christianity.(4)A Tryal of Witches. At the Assizes and General Gaol-delivery, held at Bury St. Edmonds for the County of Suffolk, the Tenth day of March, in the Sixteenth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King Charles II. before Matthew Hale Knight, Lord Chief Baron of His Majesties Court of Exchequer; Rose Cullender and Amy Duny, Widows, both of Leystoff in the County aforesaid, were soverally indictef for Bewitching Elizabeth and Ann Durent Jane Bocking, Susan Chandler, William Durent, Elizabeth and Deborah Pacey: And the said Cullender and Duny, being arraigned upon the said Indictments, pleaded Not Guilty: And afterwards, upon a long Evidence, were found Guilty, and thereupon had Judgment to dye for the same.()