House of Lords ( 1961) 2 All E.R. 446
[Editors' Note: Shaw published a directory of prostitutes called Ladies Directory. He was convicted of conspiring to corrupt public morals by means of the magazine and of living on the earnings of prostitution. Shaw's convictions on both counts were affirmed on appeal. This case is important for its discussion of the common law offense of conspiracy to corrupt public morals. We have included excerpts from the judgments of Viscount Simonds and Lord Morris of Borth-y-Gest. Footnotes have been renumbered as appropriate.)
My Lords, as I have already said, the first count in the indictment is "Conspiracy to corrupt public morals", and the particulars of offence will have sufficiently appeared. I am concerned only to assert what was vigorously denied by counsel for the appellant, that such an offence is known to the common law and that it was open to the jury to find on the facts of this case that the appellant was guilty of such an offence. I must say categorically
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