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WELLINGTON, September 5,

The libel action H. Dillon Bell (Crown Prosecutor) v, Jellicoe, a claim of L 5.000, began before Mr Justice Richmond and a special jury this morning. The Court was crowded. The alleged libel was an allegation by Mr Jellicoe in an interview at the Terrace Gaol between him and the convict Chemis that he had a mass of evidence in the prisoner's favor, a large portion of which had been kept back by the prosecution. This interview was reported by a Government shorthand reporter, and Mr Jellicoe afterwards gave the Press access to hisnotes. In defence it was pleaded that the ivords did not bear the construction imputed, and if they did reflect on Mr Bell justification was pleaded. Sir R Stout and Mr Edwardß appear for Mr Bell; Mr Jellicoe conducts his own defence.

Sir R. Stout made a brief address, pointing out the gravity of the accusation against a man in the position of a Crown Solicitor that he had kept back evidence which might prevent a man being deprived of his life, and asked for exemplary damages. C. J. Haselden, Under - Secretary of Justice, deposed that Mr Jellicoe had conducted the prosecution of Waring Taylor, and had been paid by the Crown. Jn answer to Mr Jeljicoe, it appeared that the Government did at one time seek to have the case conducted by the Crown Solicitor, but Mr

Arundel, who was the prosecutor, insisted on having it done by Mr Jellicoe. The rest of the evidence so far has been that of newspaper editors and reporters, who proved publication. Mr Jellicoe'a crossexamination is directed to show that he did not ask them to publish anything, and that publication of the matter was entirely at their own discretion.

After the newspaper people had been finished with, the Hon. G. M'Lean and Mr Reid (Solicitor-General) deposed that they had read the alleged libel, and understood it to refer to Mr Bell.

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A LEGAL LIBEL SUIT., Issue 8004, 5 September 1889

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A LEGAL LIBEL SUIT. Issue 8004, 5 September 1889

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