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DISTRICT JUDGE RAWSON.

(PER FBKSS ASSOCIATION.)

-::.-■ • Ifrrw Plymouth, March 26. The Rawson Oomtairaion returned this morning. Jones' first charge against Rawson consists of corruption, perjury, partiality, maltoa, conspiracy, and denying the existence of the Moat High Being. Bawson's general conduct is impugned, and the- charge states that his want of ao'riety - unfits him to command the reepeot due to a gentleman holding the position of District Judge and Magistrate. The «eond charge is that whilst sitting on the Bench he wiokedly prevented the true oonrse of 'justice, and conspired with others to prevent Jones having a fair and * Impartial trial daring the bearing of conspiracy eases on 19th and 20th April, 1886. Ihe charge states that Rtwson's oonduot and language on the Bench were highly slanderons abusive, and. insulting, and that he had the appearance of being under the influence of liquor, and generally daring the whole case Rawson acted m a wickedly corrupt and malicious rmnner with intent to defeat the ends of justice. The fourth and fifth charges ore somewhat ejmilar m language. The whole of the morning was taken up m dif cussing tbe charges with tbe Commissioners and Jones if now opening his own oase. After Jones bad spoken for some time Ooumlsaioner Reid asked the complainant to confine hbnaelf to proving the oharges made. Jones replied I am not competent apparently and bad better retire. Commissioner Reid said : Now listen and don't be Impertinent or else we shall have to Uke some other steps. You mast oonfioe yourself to the first ohtrge of maladministration of justice and corruption and It Is the doty of the Commissioners to confine you to thoie charges. Jonja then wanted to call Rawßon, but Commissioner Reid said that Rawson need not go Into tbe witness box as the charge was a orlminal one, and he need not give •vldence to inorimfnate himself, Mr ! Samuel, as Rawson's coudbf), handed to Jones certain letters sent by Rawson to Government m reply to the same charges when brought before Ministers. Jones, after reading for some time, tamped up and wanted Oorklll art es ted for oarrylng a revolver about to shoot him. Oommlisloner Reid ssld . We have had Ibis kind of thing once or twice. Let ns have an anders'tadlng. Da yon say yea will pot proceed ; that you withdraw from the caset? Jones said he would first finish Riwson's letters In answer to the charges. Mr Samuel said the next bt st thfni* for Jonei to do, if he eoold not get Rawßor}n the hot, was to get there letters put m as evldenoe. Jones would have to riituin tbe letters. £be papers were returned and the Court till '4 o'clock,

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2094, 25 March 1889

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DISTRICT JUDGE RAWSON. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2094, 25 March 1889

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