(Untitled), 29 Dec 1910
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Letter from Sir Edward Troup [Permanent Under Secretary of State, Home Office] to WSC saying that the Shops and Coal Mines Bills will be ready for the next Parliamentary session, but the Abatement of Imprisonment Bill poses difficulties due to the likely opposition to proposed restrictions on Magistrates' powers. Troup recommends that Mr Sanders, a supporter of the abolition of short sentences, should be involved to appease Magistrates and Justice's Clerks. Troup expresses concern at the development of the [Edward] Mylius case [Mylius was prosecuted for criminal libel on King George V] as [Sir Charles] Mathews [Director of Public Prosecutions] had informed him that the case had been brought before a Judge in Chambers, not heard in an open court, and he fears that this secrecy may be unpopular with the public. Signed manuscript.
- 29 Dec 1910
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