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THE LEGAL LIBEL CASE.

[Fib United Press Association.] WELLINGTON, September 6. On the Court resuming after lunch to-day Mr Jellicoe went into the box and related what took place between himself and Chemis, and also as to what took place in preparing the affidavits to be presented to the Governor. He had not asked the newspapers Jto publish the articles complained of. Whatever was published by the ' Press' and ' Post' was published within the discretion of the editors. When witness was speaking to Chemis about the articles that had been kept back he did not think at all of Mr Bell. That gentleman never came into his mind. He did not read the shorthand writer's notes, and he never thought for a moment that what ho had said reflected in any way upon Mr Bell and Mr Richmond. He regretted to hear that any person had attributed the words to Mr Bell. He would go further, and say he regretted if he had used language which could have been applied to Mr Bell. The words, in the sense they were used by witness, were certainly never intended to apply to Mr Bell. At this stage Sir R. Stout announced that in addition to what Mr Jellicoe had just said, Mr Jellicoe bad withdrawn the plea of justification and regretted having pleaded it, and had also agreed to pay all costs. These terms Mr 3ell was willing to accept on condition that he was allowed to go into the box and explain the position in reference to Tucker and others. Mr Jellicoe then came down from the witness box and took his Beat at the Bar and said: In my seat at the Bar I repeat what I have just stated in the box, that I had no intention to cast the slightest reflection on Mr Bell or Mr Richmond, for at the time I uttered the words to Chemis I used them honestly believing what I said to be true so far as I have explained myself upon them, and in the honest performance of my duty to a man who was then under asntence of death. I ought to say from my neat at the Bar, as well as in the witness box—especially as Sir Robert Stout seems to desire it—that I regret that any words of mine, or any language of mino, should have been imagined by any person to apply to Mr Bell. Of course I am not responsible for the imaginations of other persons, but I regret any person should have imagined anything of the kind. Of course the plea of justification I propose to with. I raw. Of course I never have made a charge against Mr 8011. His Honor (to Mr Jellicoe): You accept the terms announced by Sir R. Stout ? Mr Jellicoe: Yes.

Mr Bell then explained what took place with regard to Holmes and others. He assured the Court that in this case, as in every case he had conducted, he had given counsel for the defence a full statement of the evidence. In concluding his explanation Mr Bell said that the presont proceedings would never have been taken had it not seemed to him that the administration of justice had been attacked in his capacity as Grown Prosecutor. His Honor, in discharging the jury, thanked them for the attention they had given to the proceedings. He had always found it the Bame in all colonial'.Courts where justice was administered. " There never has been," continued the learned Judge,' " in this country, and I hope to God there never may be, cause to suspect that the administration of justice has been conducted in Buch a way as not to givo every possible legal right to every man, woman, or child who may stand up to plead for their liberty, or, it may be, for their life."

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THE LEGAL LIBEL CASE., Issue 8006, 7 September 1889

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THE LEGAL LIBEL CASE. Issue 8006, 7 September 1889

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