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Each declared the book had sufficient literary merit to deserve publication for the public good.
(Those less convinced of Lawrence’s genius begged off – Enid Blyton declared she had never read the book and “my husband said no at once”.) Lead prosecutor Mervyn Griffith-Jones cross-examined only 14 of the 35.
The act’s first paragraph stated that material will be deemed obscene if it contains elements that tend as a whole “to deprave and corrupt persons who are likely … The act included a new defence in cases where the offending segments were “for the public good on the ground that [they are] in the interests of science, literature, art or learning”.
Mr Justice Byrne summed up with no reference to anal sex either.Neither the clergy nor any of the other experts had been examined on anal sex and it is not clear whether they realised they were implicitly defending it or not.A watershed in British obscenity law had been achieved without any discussion about the illegal sex acts central to the novel.It is a passage which I have not – and I do not think anybody has – referred to during the course of cross-examination, or indeed at any time during this trial. describes what is called the ‘night of sensual passion’.He read out the whole passage remarking: “Not very easy, sometimes, not very easy, you know, to know what in fact he is driving at in that passage.” It’s not clear how many jurors understood the passage; some were said to be visibly shocked.