There were front-page headlines around the country after James Liston, the assistant Bishop of Auckland, made a fiery speech to a public meeting on St Patrick's Day in 1922. Liston was born in Ireland and he criticised British policies affecting the Irish. He was charged with sedition, which carried the death penalty. The jury found him not guilty, but added that his words were a 'grave indiscretion'. Weekly newspaper New Zealand Truth conveys the excitement created by the case.
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Reference: NZ Truth, 6 May 1922, p. 5
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