I am not really here for any length of time, but meanwhile, via Denise Howell of Bag & Baggage, and Australian law blog called Courting Disaster, whose author has been blogging a sort of crime novel since February.
And thanks to Ingmar Greil for a link to the proceedings of the Old Bailey from 1674 to 1834. These have been online for some months now, but the collection is increasing. There are said to be 45,000 trials in the collection now. The site was reported recently from the well-known (particular among Apple users) German weblog Industrial Technology and Witchcraft, which gave this extract.