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Knuller v DPP [1973]

Facts

  • Knuller published magazines containing advertisements which encouraged the meeting of males for homosexual practices

Issue

  • Could Knuller be convicted of the offence of ‘conspiracy to corrupt public morals’?

Decision

  • Yes, conviction upheld

Reasoning

  • The offence of ‘conspiracy to corrupt public morals’ was created by the House of Lords in 1962, and that decision was correct, so must be followed
  • For future reference, there is no doctrine which allows courts to either create or widen criminal offences
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