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Canadian Official Asks Investigation of Boston Paper’s Actions

July 27, 1993

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ A prosecutor wants police to conduct an investigation into The Boston Globe’s publication of details from a hearing in the case of a former Boston man charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

The Globe, in its Sunday edition, reported evidence that was given last week at Geoffrey Clarkson’s bail hearing despite a court order against reporting such evidence.

″I’ll have to get in touch with the police. I’ll have to turn the story over to them to conduct an investigation,″ Crown Prosecutor Gary McCuaig said on Sunday.

Al Larkin, the Globe’s managing editor for administration, said Monday ″there appears to be a misunderstanding about what we have a right to report.″

He said the paper is ″trying to determine what Canadian law means″ to U.S. newspapers. The 59-year-old Clarkson is a former professor at Northeastern University in Boston. He is charged in connection with attacks on Con Boland, an Edmonton photographer.

Boland says a man threw acid in his face at his home last February. He also says that he was stuck a year ago with a syringe contaminated with the HIV virus, which causes AIDS. He said he has tested positive for the virus.

Clarkson’s lawyer Hersh Wolch said he isn’t sure whether the Globe has compromised his client’s right to a fair trial.

″I don’t think people in Edmonton read the Boston Globe,″ he said. ″Can you be in contempt of a Canadian court while in the United States? It’s a very dicey situation.″

Larkin said the story was written by a Globe reporter on assignment in Edmonton.

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