TRIAL OF JOYCE
Postponed Pending Inquiries Concerning Nationality
DOCUMENTS FROM AMERICA Rec. 11 a.m. LONDON, July 18. The trial of William Joyce on a charge of high treason has been postponed until September 11. It was due to open at the Old Bailey to-day, but as soon as Mr. Justice Charles took his seat Mr. Curtis Bennett, for the defence, applied for a postponement on the grounds that the first fact to be proved was that Joyce was a person "owing allegiance to the King."
On one thing the necessary and documents must be established, said Mr. Bennett, and that was Joyce's nationality. That would take time, and it could not be done in this session.
Counsel explained that investigations were going on regarding not only the nationality of Joyce but also that of his father. "There is a record of the birth of a William Joyce in New York in 1902, and the Joyce mentioned may be the one we see here this morning," counsel said. "It would be our submission that if Joyce was born in the United States he could not owe allegiance to the King." Counsel added that documents for the defence were at present on the way from the United States.
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TRIAL OF JOYCE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945
TRIAL OF JOYCE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945
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