HC Deb 17 July 1907 vol 178 cc707-8
MR. HAVILAND BURKE (King's County, Tullamore)

I beg to ask Mr. Attorney-General for Ireland, whether his attention has been called to the action of a newspaper published in London, entitled the Pall Mall Gazette, in making comments on the 2nd instant assuming the guilt of the defendants in a case sub judice, namely, that of the King v. Dooley and others, returned for trial at the next King's County assizes; whether he is aware that such comments were copied into a newspaper entitled the Evening Mail, published in Dublin on the 3rd instant; and what steps he proposes to take with reference to the persons responsible for this attempt to prejudice the administration of justice.


In the case referred to in the Question there were two counts contained in the indictment. The jury acquitted on the first charge and disagreed as to the second. The comments of the Pall Mall Gazette to which my attention has been called refer only, so far as I can judge, to the first charge which is not sub judice, having been decided by the verdict of the jury, and I do not think, therefore, that any action on my part is called for.