Why was I chosen to defend ned Kelly (Argus6/8/80)
While we were planning things the authorities moved the location of the hearing
to Beechworth. I saw Ned
Kelly in the Beechworth Gaol.
Part of the conversation was reported by a prison officer who was present.
The committal hearing started on 6/8/1880. At a committal hearing the Crown is required to present its witnesses so that the defence can see the evidence against them before the trial. It was likely that Ned Kelly was going to be committed and there was no real point in 'trying to win' the case by tying to get the magistrate Mr Foster, to find that Ned Kelly had no case to answer. So there was no point in presenting any evidence or showing our the line of defence that we might make at the trial. (Argus7/8/80)
See details of the committal (Age9/8/1880) and my exchange with the Chief Secretaries Department. I was appauled that the committal was transferred to Beechworth at the last moment.
What people thought about me (OMA14/8/1880)
We engaged Mr Bindon as the barrister to defend Ned Kelly at his trail. I acted as the solicitor. We had had little opportunity to examine the material from the committal hearing and I felt that the best opportunity we had to defend Ned would come if we got the cass adjourned until thenext sitting of the court. Feeling was still strong against the KellyGang after Glenrowan and the committal hearing at Beechworth.
See also (JJK)
I addressed a protest meeting held at the Hippodrome with several 1000 people (JJK)
My brother William and Mr Caulfield worked very hard with me to get the right result (Agrus10/11/80)
I then took a petition to the Governor in an attempt to save Ned Kelly.(Age9/11/80)
I was still defending myself (Argus31/1/1906)