March 28, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Charles Fitzpatrick (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. GHAS. FITZPATRICK (Minister of Justice).

(Translation.) Mr. Speaker, my attention had not been drawn to the newspaper report which my hon. friend has just read to this House. But I can tell him I am fully in accord with him to blame such an unjustifiable interference by newspaper men in murder cases. On tbe other hand, I must remind the hon. member that the administration of criminal law is not within the jurisdiction of this parliament, which has no other right than to define what constitutes criminal offences. A prisoner does not come under the control of the Department' of Justice until the jury have found him guilty and sentence has been passed upon him by the court.

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