At the Meath assizes, on Saturday, James Slevin, who had been out on his recognizances, was called to the bar, and arraigned for a conspiracy to murder Edward Thomas Hussey.
Slevin had been arraigned the previous day, and having put in the plea of autrefois acquit, Chief Justice Doherty postponed the hearing of the case until next morning. When the prisoner was arraigned he pleaded as above stated. Mr. Martley, King's counsel, spoke on the part of the prosecutor, in support of the demurrer which had been put into the plea. Mr. Serjeant Woulfe and Mr. Murphy spoke in support of the plea. The Chief Justice, however, overruled the plea, and ordered the accused to take his trial. The plea of autrefois acquit was then withdrawn and the plea of not guilty substituted. The Clerk of the Crown then asked the prisoner if he was ready for his trial, and he answered in a firm tone of voice that he was. It was then ordered to make proclamation for a petty jury and at this stage of the proceedings Mr. Tickell rose and said that he, on the part of the Crown, applied for a postponement of the trial. Nothing could exceed the surprise which this announcement created. The Chief Justice asked Mr. Martley who was counsel for the prosecutor, if he would oppose application. Mr. Manley said that he would not oppose the application, simply because his opposition would be unavailing. Thus, for the present, has terminated this extraordinary case. Slevin has been again permitted to stand out upon his own recognizance.
London (England) Times, August 1, 1835.