I found this in the April 2007 issue of Smithsonian. Robert Shoemaker from the University of Sheffield and Tim Hitchcock of the University of Hertfordshire digitized about 52 million words of more than 100,000 trials between 1674 and 1834. These criminal trials took place in the City of London and the County of Middlesex.
For more information about the project, go to the article "Digitizing the Hanging Court" (Vol. 38, No. 1, pg. 66-75).