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[by telegraph.] Auckland, To-day.

In the case of Hurst v. Wickham, the defendant pleaded not guilty and justification, inasmuch as the matters alleged against the plaintiff were subject to of suspicion at the time. The plea was demurred to, and the Judge ruled it bad. He declared that to justify the libel the defendant must plead absolute truth of the allegation contained in the article. The defendant’s counsel asked time to amend the plea. The Judge said there was no difficulty in the way of putting in a plea of truth at once in accordance with the Act if they desired to do so. The counsel for the plaintiff said he was instructed to afford every facility to defendant to prove the truth. His client courted the fullest investigation, and he would not oppose an adjournment. Therefore, to put in a new plea, the case was adjourned till to-morrow. The case of Rees v. Wickham was then called on, in which only a general plea of not guilty was put in, the defendant not offering any evidence in support of justification, In this .case the only point to determine, therefore, is whether the language complained of is libellous. The case is proceeding.

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THE “ FREE LANCE ” LIBEL CASES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 394, 13 July 1881

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THE “ FREE LANCE ” LIBEL CASES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 394, 13 July 1881

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