The Oscar Slater Case (17 september 1928)
From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
The Oscar Slater Case
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES.
Sir, — At the conclusion of this case I applied to the Scottish Office to find out how far they would contribute to the costs of the appeal. As the appeal was successful and they were the defeated party, it seemed only just that they should do so. I have now received a somewhat curt intimation that they do not intend to make any additional payment. This seems a very unfair decision, and I hope that some lover of fair play will raise the question in the House. The Scottish Office itself is the cause of all the trouble and expense, since at any time during 18 years it could have found out what the five Judges have unanimously pronounced — namely, that the legal procedure was at fault and that the verdict could not stand. No trial was needed to show that, but merely an examination of the records by a competent lawyer. It seems to me that it is they individually who should be liable for the money, since it was their stupid obstinacy which created the situation. I am quite ready to meet my own promises and guarantees — and the lawyers engaged have been most generous in their treatment but it seems a shocking travesty of justice that, having worked so long to set this wrong right, I should now be asked to pay a considerable sum in addition.
ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE.
15, Buckingham Palace-mansions, S.W.1
- The Case of Oscar Slater (19 august 1912, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.)
- The Case of Oscar Slater (2 september 1912, Daily Mail)
- The Slater Case (12 october 1912, The Spectator)
- The Case of Oscar Slater (13 october 1912, The New York World)
- The Slater Case (26 october 1912, The Spectator)
- The Oscar Slater Case (25 july 1914, The Spectator)
- Oscar Slater Must Be Release From Peterhead! (7 february 1925, People's Journal)
- Oscar Slater. Release from Prison this Week. The Farce of 1914 (14 november 1927, Daily News)
- Oscar Slater's Fight to Clear his Name (15 july 1928, Sunday Pictorial)
- Oscar Slater. My Last Words on the Case. Unsolved Mysteries (29 july 1928, The Sunday Times)
- Oscar Slater's Costs (19 april 1929, Jewish Chronicle)