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"The Lecture which is here reprinted with slight revision was delivered on 'The Law and Practice relating to Indecent Literature' at King's College, University of London, on October 21st 1936. An Introduction and Appendix have been added."
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Major Sir Edward Hale Tindal Atkinson, KCB, CBE (19 September 1878 – 26 December 1957) was a British barrister and judge who served as the Director of Public Prosecutions from 1930 to 1944. continued on Wikipedia
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"Before dealing with the common and statute law on this subject, I think it well to offer a few comments by way of comparing this with other branches of the law. In connection with offences under this branch, two main ingredients call for consideration: (1) Publication, to which I shall refer a little later; and (2) that the matter published shall be proved to be obscene or indecent. You will appreciate, as to the second ingredient, that proof depends upon a standard, and in this sense this branch of the law might be said to lack that certainty which is comon to most other branches, at least of the criminal law. To use a homely illustration: a man commits burglary who breaks into your house by night with intent to commit the crime of larceny. Assuming that the facts supporting this charge can be proved, including for exmaple his being found leaving your house with some of your valuables, the law does not require any further proof as to the quality of the burglary. Equally, when the journalist arranges for headlines as to 'astonishing cat burglary', he adds nothing to Sec 25 of the Larceny Act, 1916, which in rather cold terms describes the elements of breaking and entering a dwelling-house."
opening paragraph, chapter one
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