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Private prosecutions

Now that the CPS have decided that there is insufficient evidence to proceed with any prosecutions in the cash for honours affair, Guido is rounding up volunteers to back a private prosecution. While this is a great idea, there is a risk that the CPS  take over the prosecution and then promptly drop it. The details of their powers in this respect are here; essentially they can drop the case if:

  • There is so little evidence that there is no case to answer; or
  • The prosecution falls far below the public interest test in the Code for Crown Prosecutors; or
  • The prosecution is likely to damage the interests of justice.

It looks to my untrained eye as if the CPS would struggle to make a decent case for dropping it. They have refused to prosecute themselves because they don't think they can get a guilty verdict (let's leave aside the absurdly high standard they have set themselves). This is not the same as having so little evidence that there is no case to answer.

I can't conceive of any argument they could make that the prosecution was against the interests of the public or of justice, so there doesn't appear to be an "out" for the crooks here either.

The other thing to think about is the political fallout of the CPS taking over and then dropping a case against close confidants of the prime minister. It would look nothing if not very, very corrupt. Would Brown really risk it rebounding on him now that Blair is long gone?

So all in all, it looks like it's worth a punt.  We live in hope.

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Another aspect is whether they would be able to hijcak such a case before the evidence collected by Yates of the Yard were in the hands of someone who could make better use of it, successful prosecution or no. Of course, like Clinton, Teflon Tony may weedle his way out of any criticism that was not backed up with some kind of legal sentence, but could still end up with reputation in tatters.

That alone makes this worth the punt - unless anyone has any ideas to bring a private prosecution against Tony for war in Iraq!
Jul 21, 2007 at 11:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterJock

I really seriously need to do a private prosecution for procuring women by false pretenses/ rape by fraud. Please listen to the song "Gordon Brown be my Angel" (lyrics annotated) (BETTER SOUND QUALITY)

Brahms Lullaby

Gordon Brown! Gordon Brown!
Will you be my angel?
Guardian angel is what I meant
Will you rescue my soul?

For you are in charge
Of these people I wrote to
Stephen Timms, Jack Straw
Let me place my trust in you

Gordon Brown! MP’s!
Let me sing out loud
For what you do, for my country
For my reproductive system

You right wrongs! My right’s been wronged
I am desperate for you
Not just you! There’s Jon Herring
I’m a violated woman

Gordon Brown, help me sleep!
Help me sleep like a baby
Will my babies ever come out?
Maternal desires!
I lost my womanhood
In a sinister curse
Gordon Brown! Bring it back!
You are perfect for that!

Jan 20, 2010 at 12:25 AM | Unregistered CommenterMiss E. J. Frogster

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