20 October

'I put my feet up on the desk and start reading. If I get an erection, we prosecute.'
October 2009

Mervyn Griffiths was the prosecuting counsel in the 1960 trial of Penguin Books under the Obscene Publications Act for publishing the unexpurgated version of D H Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover. The trial began on 20 October with Griffiths' opening speech, in which he famously asked the jury:

'Would you approve your young sons, young daughters - because girls can read as well as boys - reading this book? Is it a book you would have lying around in your own house? Is it a book you would wish even your wife or your servants to read?'

See also 2 November: The jury's verdict






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