In September 1827 Wardell who had referred to the Governor in the The Australian as “an ignorant and obstinate man” was charged with libel.
Wardell conducted his own defence with great ability and the jury failed to agree.
Wardell was again on trial for libel in December, and Wentworth who was defending him asserted that the jurors, who were members of the military, might lose their commissions if they did not return a verdict for Darling.
The jury again disagreed. 1
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