THE KAIWARRA. MUKDER.
ACTION FOR LIBEL.
BELL v JELLIOOE.
[Pbs Pkbss Association.]
Wjelungtoh, September 5 The libel action Bell v Jellicof-, olalm £6000, began before Mr Justice Biohmond and a special jury this morning. Tbe Oonrt was crowded.
The alleged libel oonslsted In allegations by Mr Jelllooe m an interview at the Terrace gaol between him and. the convlot Ohemle, th%t he had a mass of evldenoa m the prisoner's favor a large portion of whloh had been kept btok by the proiecntlon. This Interview was reported by a Government shorthand reporter, and Mr Jelllooe afterwards gave the press aooeis to bis notes. In defence it was pleaded tbat the worda did not bear the construction imputed, and If they did refleot on Mr Bell, justification was pleaded.
Sir R. Stoat and Mr Edwards appeared for Mr Bell ; Mr Jellloot oonducti his own defence.
Sir E. Stoat made a brief address, pointing oat the gravity of the aocusition against a man In the position of Grown Solloltor, that he bad kept back evidence which might prevent a man being deprived of bin life, and he asked for exemplary damages.
O. J, Haaeldon, Under Secretary of Jantloe, deposed that Mr Jilllooe hid oonduorod iho prcnecutlon of Waiiog Taylor aid hbd been paid by tho Ofonn. In answer to Mr JelUcoi* it Kppeared thut Government old »t me time seek to have the oa:e conducted by the Crown solicitor, but Mr Arundel who wrb the prosecutor iDslutud oo having it done by Mr Jellllooe. Tbe rest of the evidence bo far has been that of newspaper editors and raporters, who proved publication. Mr Jelllcoe'a cross-examination Is directed to show that he did not aak them to pnblltb anything, arid the matter was entirely at their own dUoretion.
After tbe newspaper people had boen finUhed with, the Hon G. McLean M.L.O and Mr Reid, Solicitor General, deposed that they bad road the alleged libel and understood it to refer to Mr Bell.
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