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I , (BT telegraph.) I Dunedin, Tp-daj. When Moritzon was brought up ‘ for sentence, there was a wordy discus- [ §ion between the Grown solicitor and I the Chief Justice. The latter pressed that the other indictments against the ( prisoner should be proceeded with, as, ■ if he had committed a series of em--1 bezzlements, a long term of penal senri- ' tue should be passed. Mr Haggitt ini sisted in sentence being passed on the ! conviction obtained. The Judge re- , plied tljat the usual rule was that all information as to prisoner’s antecedents, particularly as to having'committed offences similar to • that charged, should be fully brought out. Mr Haggitt refused to state whether he would proceed with the other indictments against the prisoner. He knew there were others, but the Court was not supposed to be so aware, as the certificate of the Appeal Court directed that sentence .should h$ passed during the present sessions; he firijjly, but respectfully pressed for judgment. His Honor then said it left him in the position of dealing with a conviction as for a separate offence for which he inflicted a sentence of twelve months. Mr Haggitt subsequently stated he would intimate to the Government what sentence had been passed, and would inquire if they proposed to proceed with the other indictments. If they did, he would apply for a change of venue , as his experience was that-it was impossible to get a conviction in Dunedin for embezzlement—no matter how strong the evidence against the prisoner was. Besides this, the . whole community had been worked on to prevent Moritzon being puqjshcd as he deserved. He hoped the Court .would acquit him of strong language, but in the interests of justice, it was absolutely necessary to change the \venue. The Judge gdjnitfod the'ease wis (JUito

exceptional, and told sel if he could find could apply to have the .other ments gone on with. hra| ordered the sentence to date from coi# viction, but the Chief Justice orderejp it to date from Monday. . ,

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MORITZON'S CASE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 389, 7 July 1881

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MORITZON'S CASE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 389, 7 July 1881

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