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Blasphemous libel

The March 15 1927 edition of the Toronto Daily Star led with this article about a man who was convicted of blasphemous libel (the article is long, so I had to slice it into multiple parts):

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Some of the statements put forward by the presiding judge and the prosecuting Crown Attorney would seem startlingly out of place in our more secular modern society.

I looked up the following day’s paper: Mr. Sterry was sentenced to sixty days in jail and deportation to England (which apparently he welcomed). He was already serving a four-month term plus an indeterminate term of six months at the Ontario Reformatory for stealing $200 from a man named Joseph Ying; this sentence was tacked on to the end of that one.

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