Our esteemed local contemporary the Free Press is greatly exercised over the proposal of the authorities to obtain a charge of venue in the Donnelly murder trial. This is a matter that may safely be left to the lawyers and the judges. The prosecution will no doubt endeavor to have the trial take place in some county where the prisoners are not likely to have so many personal friends, and the defence will naturally enough seek to have the trial among the friends of the accused and where a certain degree of prejudice has existed against the Donnellys. That, as we say, may safely be left to the lawyers. There are able counselors on both sides, and in their own interest, if from no other motive, they will exert themselves to the utmost. What we desire to call attention to is the statement of our esteemed contemporary that a change-of venue will be an insult to the people of London and Middlesex, as implying that a fair verdict cannot be here obtained. [...]

Source: Unknown, "The Donnelly Case — A Change of Venue," London Advertiser, March 8, 1880.

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