Carrier and Fouquier-Tinville, as well as their co-accused, presented cogent arguments for shared responsibility in the Terror.
The trials of Carrier and Fouquier-Tinville made all victims of the Robespierrist regime appear innocent and all its agents appear guilty.
Attending the trial of Fouquier-Tinville
, Williams criticizes the public accuser for being a poor orator, and she imagines how different it would be to have the crimes read out by Thomas Erskine, the famous Whig lawyer who defended Hardy and others in the treason trials of 1794 (and would defend John Hurford Stone's brother, William in January, 1796).
It was because of his role as a juror on the Revolutionary Tribunal that he was arrested after the uprising of 12 Germinal (1 April 1795) and went to the guillotine with Fouquier-Tinville
and fourteen others on 7 May 1795.