Not a talesman in the length and breadth of Brabant County who could swear truthfully that he had formed no opinion on the case.
The talesman in question was John Martin Kelly, a real estate salesman.
The talesman, of course, inevitably replied in the negative.
"reserve member of a jury," 1670s, from tales "writ ordering bystanders to serve" (late 15c.), via Anglo-French (mid-13c.), from Latin tales (in tales de circumstantibus "such persons from those standing about," a clause featured in such a writ), noun use of plural of talis "such" (see that).