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The Wellington ‘ Press,’ under the heading “Sick Justice,” refers to some of the judicial cases which have recently occasioned comment. It goes on to say, by way of application A very short time back we had in Wellington one of the gravest failures of justice. We had a person charged with a felonious act under circumstances which pointed to the commission by someone or other cf a double crime. The whole conditions under which the charge w r as made were such as strongly roused public feeling. The charge was of a character which should never have been made at all without the advice of the Crown Prosecutor. Yet not only was the Crown Prosecutor not instructed to advise the police, but the police were left unaided to conduct one of the most difficult cases against one of the ablest and acutest of the advocates at the Wellington Bar. The defendant took a passage to Australia, and the public hardly cared to whisper as common talk that revelations of a nature extremely disagreeable to persons of position in society would have inevitably resulted from the further active prosecution of the case. No one doubts that the common thief will have justice done on him. What the colony requires is that those who, by their vices, their crimes, or their disorderly conduct, bring themselves to the level of the common offender, the common criminal, or the every-day ruffian, should be impartially dealt with as one of the low class, whose offences they have emulated.” “ There are,” says the ‘ Printers’ Regisr ter’ speaking only of London—“few trades so well off as ours, for out of a membership of some 7,500 less than 1,60 per cent, are unable or unwilling to obtain work.”

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Page 1 Advertisements Column 8, Evening Star, Issue 7929, 10 June 1889

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