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Shaw v. Director of Public Prosecutions

House of Lords
[1961] 2 All E.R. 446


Frederick Charles Shaw (defendant) published a magazine in which he included a “Ladies Directory” that contained advertisements for his prostitutes. Shaw was charged with and convicted of conspiracy to corrupt public morals, living on the earnings of prostitution, and publishing an obscene publication. Shaw appealed. The court of criminal appeal affirmed the judgment of the trial court. The House of Lords granted Shaw’s petition to review.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Simonds, V.)

Dissent (Reid, L.)

Dissent (Morris, L.)

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