Updated: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 05:30:00 GMT | By Ben Chalk
50 years of The Rolling Stones

Redlands trial/Rees-Mogg editorial (1967)



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On July 31, Jagger was sentenced to three months' imprisonment for possession of four amphetamine tablets, while Richards was found guilty of allowing cannabis to be smoked on his property and sentenced to one year in prison.

Things were looking bleak until The Times published an influential piece by editor William Rees-Mogg entitled Who Breaks A Butterfly Upon A Wheel? which pointed out that Jagger in particular had been treated more harshly than "any purely anonymous young man" would have been under the same circumstances.

As a result, Richards' conviction was quashed and Jagger's reduced to a conditional discharge.

The Stones rolled free but battle lines with the powers-that-be had been drawn.

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