Adler v. George

[1964] 2 QB 7, 9 (1964)

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Adler v. George

England and Wales High Court of Justice
[1964] 2 QB 7, 9 (1964)

Facts

On May 11, 1963, Frank Adler entered into Marham Royal Air Force station, which was a place of prohibited entry. He was charged and convicted with violating Official Secrets Act 1920, 10 & 11 Geo 5 c 75, § 3, which stated that “No person in the vicinity of any prohibited place shall obstruct . . . any member of His Majesty’s forces” engaged in his duties. The court found that the defendant had obstructed a member of the Royal Air Force while in the station. Adler appealed his conviction, arguing that the wording of the statute only prohibited conduct “in the vicinity” of the station and so could not be violated by anyone on the premises of the station itself.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Parker, C.J.)

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