!! Irish Catholic Chronicle; Nov 9, 1867 "Fenian Trials"
- Irish Catholic Chronicle And People's News of the Week
Saturday, 9 November 1867
THE MANCHESTER SPECIAL COMMISSION
ACQUITTAL OF THE PRISONERS.
MANCHESTER, WEDNESDAY- The trial of the second batch of prisoners was
concluded to-day. Mr. Justice Mellor's summoning up occupied two hours and a
half. He carefully pointed out discrepancies in the evidence, telling the jury
that the testimony of two of the witnesses, Kate Riley and Beck, the railway
clerk, could not be accepted. The jury were absent nearly four hours, and
returned into court with a verdict of "Not Guilty" against all the prisoners.
They, however, remain in custody on one of the minor charges. At the close of
the judge's summing up in the above court, Mr. Justice Blackburne sat alone, and
another batch of Fenian prisoners were placed in the dock. Their names are Henry
Wilson, Thomas Scatley, Michael Joseph Boylan, Michael Maguire, and Wm. Murphy.
The Attorney General intimated that in the exercise of his discretion, he should
for the present withdraw all the evidence against the prisoners now in the dock
except Wilson. The others might be proceeded against hereafter on one of the
minor charges. The other prisoners were then ordered to stand down. The court
was occupied for the remainder of the day in hearing witnesses against Wilson.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News