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COMMON JURIES.

THE RIGHT TO CHALLENGE. ...i i i ' v (Per Press Association.) WELLINGTON, February 19. An "interesting point cropped up in the Supreme Oourfc to-day in, connection' with the empanelling of the jury in the. case in which William Thomas Young Was „ charged with sedition. 'When the name of one juror was called, Mr 'Wilford, on behalf of the defence, said he wished to challenge the ; man; for cause. The " cause " was that the juror was an employer, of. labour and that "during the strike the drivers in his employ downed tools, arid his business .was in consequence dislocated. His Honour: That is not ground of cause. This is a charge of sedition. Mr Wilford: The defence has the right of only six challenges and in the last case the Crown exercised 32 challenges. The Crown practically selected its own jury. His Honour said the Crown never challenged jurors. It merely ordered them to stand by. Mr Wilford: In America what I asked would be allowed easily. His Honour (with a smile) 1:' "But this is'not America." The Chief Justice added that judging by the result of juries' deliberation the Crown did not always "practically select its own jury." , . Mr Wilford: "But sorely the Crown does not always want to convict." Counsel then challenged the juror in the ordinary way and the incident closed.

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COMMON JURIES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8799, 20 February 1914

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COMMON JURIES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8799, 20 February 1914

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