Defining the Canadian Law, Daily Racing Form, 1910-06-16


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DEFINING THE CANADIAN LAW. Toronto. Out.. June 15.— Charges against the three Toronto morning papers of violations of the Miller racing bill i:i publishing racing odds, were called in the paUce court yesterday morning, anil adjoin aed until Momlay next. Partial evitlenee was heard in The World case, against which will be made a test ease for all three. The newspapers do not seek to e-ombat the legislation, but they are anxious to have its meaning on certain points ch-nrly defined. T. C. Robinette. K. .. who appeared for the newspapers, outlined his defense on two points: First, that the odds published related to races which had been run, thus constituting the information news of past occurrences, which it was not unlawful to print, and. s.-e liy. that the Woodhfae ineeting being legalised by Parliament for seven days of racing, it could not be illegal to abet a race meeting which Parliament had legalised by statute. A copy of The World of May 20 was produced as evidence. "I object to the giving of the odds." said Mr. torb v. the- pro ci-uting attorney, when asked l.v the magistrate to mark the portions objected to. "The inspe-ctor also thinks that the giving of lists of expected winners is a violation of the act. though I do not go so far myself." "Are these- the oiids 011 races that had been run. or that w.-re to be run;" Baked Mr. Kingford. "Those were the odds on rai-i-s that had heeti ruu the previous day." replied Mr. Corbv.

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