Thursday, November 16, 2006

The major developments in this inquiry are not in the public domain. He's such a tease, that Yates.

It looks like Blair's latest tactic, an extraordinarily hypocritical one given his government's attitude to due process over the last nine years, has just backfired spectacularly in his face.

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Not Saussure said...

Not just hypocritical -- absolutely bloody hilarious, given yesterday's announcement about stopping people who're clearly guilty getting off on technicalities!

I can't see how they could get abuse of process to fly here; there's always a strong presumption that a trial should go ahead if the CPS want to prosecute, and abuse of process normally only stops things if the abuse has seriously compromised the case.

Given that -- e.g. -- Abu Hamza was successfully prosecuted despite everyone in the country having read almost daily for several years about what a dangerous chap he was who ate babies for breakfast, I can't see that complaints about pre-trial publicity be prejudicial to the defendants in any prosecutions arising from this inquiry getting very far.

CuriousHamster said...

Totally agree. But if they do get anywhere with that defence, after all the leaking they've sanctioned or turned a blind eye to, the principle that we're all equal under the law is well and truly screwed.