CRIME OF SEDITION.
RARE IN NEW ZEALAND. CHIEF JUSTICE'S COMMENTS. (Per Press Association.) x WELLINGTON, February 12. The hearing of tho charge ot* sedition against Edward Hunter was resumed to-day. In tfye course of his summing up, the Chief Justice remarked that sedition was a rare charge in New Zealand. The early settlers, had been able to improvo their laws and air their grievances without resorting to violence. Practically, the onlj; violence in the past was ,that associated with the. Maori War. Recently, however, it had been resorted to, and no country could exist if it was allowed to go on unchecked. Freedom of speech should not be abused, and in this connection the jury had to consider whether' the speech of accused was intended to create violence, or whether it. was a, speech merely i?i criticism of,the'existing Govornmiipt or existing institutions. Tho jury has, retired.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8792, 12 February 1914
CRIME OF SEDITION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8792, 12 February 1914
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