Archive for the 'prosecutions' Category

Police officer who struck Ian Tomlinson could face manslaughter trial – The Guardian

“Britain’s most senior prosecutor has said he was considering whether to prosecute the police officer who attacked Ian Tomlinson for manslaughter after an inquest jury found that the newspaper seller had been unlawfully killed.”

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The Guardian, 4th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Tomlinson inquest: Review to test evidence for a criminal trial – The Guardian

“The director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has ordered a review of his decision last year not to prosecute anyone in connection with the death of Ian Tomlinson.”

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The Guardian, 4th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ian Tomlinson unlawfully killed, inquest finds – The Guardian

“A jury in the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson has concluded he was unlawfully killed by a police officer at the G20 protests.”

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The Guardian, 3rd May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CPS decides no prosecution of BT and Phorm for alleged interception of browsing data – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided not to consent to a request from an individual to begin a prosecution of BT Group Plc and Phorm Inc in relation to alleged unlawful interception of internet browsing data.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 8th April 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Murder cases given just one prosecutor as CPS pressured to cut costs – The Guardian

“Barristers and victim support groups have expressed concerns that in some murder trials, including forthcoming cases involving multiple defendants, the Crown Prosecution Service is instructing a single counsel for the prosecution.”

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The Guardian, 13th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

BT and Phorm escape prosecution for secret wiretaps – Daily Telegraph

“BT and Phorm will not face prosecution for trials of technology that secretly intercepted and profiled the broadband traffic of tens of thousands of people, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

News International could face prosecution – The Guardian

“News International as a corporation could face a criminal prosecution following its admission that the phones of celebrities were hacked into by its staff.”

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The Guardian, 8th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Abuse claims against surgeon could not be prosecuted in UK – The Independent

“Police investigating allegations that a heart specialist who worked at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital had sexually abused children in Kenya found they would have been unable to bring a prosecution because the alleged offences occurred before May 2004, a spokesman for Scotland Yard said yesterday.”

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The Independent, 8th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

CPS opens Advocate Panels application scheme – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is today launching a new scheme for the delivery of prosecution services in court. All advocates undertaking prosecution work in the Crown Court (and Higher Courts) from October must be members of new, quality-controlled CPS Advocate Panels.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 31st March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Bribery Act: CPS/SFO Prosecution Guidance Published – Crown Prosecution Service

“Today, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keir Starmer QC, and the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Richard Alderman, issued joint guidance for prosecutors on the Bribery Act 2010.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 30th March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Competition law reform could lead to more criminal prosecutions, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

“The reforms of competition law proposed by the Government today could lead to more people being convicted of the criminal cartel offence, according to one expert.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th March 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Jarvis to escape prosecution over Potters Bar crash – The Guardian

“Jarvis will escape prosecution for the fatal Potters Bar train crash after the rail regulator is understood to have dropped criminal proceedings against the maintenance firm.”

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The Guardian, 17th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CPS stops prosecution for 1987 killing of Daniel Morgan – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided that the prosecution of three men for the killing of private detective Daniel Morgan in 1987 cannot continue.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 11th March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Scotland Yard in spotlight as axe murder case collapses – The Guardian

“A major Scotland Yard investigation has ended in failure after three men were acquitted of charges over the 1987 murder of a private investigator who was found with an axe embedded in his head in a pub car park.”

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The Guardian, 11th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CPS statement following the conviction of Terence Brown – Crown Prosecution Service

“Following the conviction of Terence Brown, Moira Macmillan, CPS Counter Terrorism Division lawyer said: ‘Terence Brown made money from producing and selling CD-Roms which contained details of step-by-step instructions that could be used by anyone planning or committing a terrorist attack.’ ”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 9th March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Case of the flying sausage, dropped – Daily Telegraph

“A bizarre assault case in which a woman was injured by a flying sausage has been thrown out after a judge said such a prosecution could impact on the dignity of the court.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

CPS Statement on Howard Martin – Crown Prosecution Service

“Durham Crown Prosecution Service has advised Durham Police there is not enough new evidence under the double jeopardy provisions for the Director of Public Prosecutions to authorise an investigation into former GP Howard Martin, acquitted of the murder of three of his patients six years ago.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 9th February 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Retracting rape and domestic violence allegations: CPS launches public consultation – Crown Prosecution Service

“Individuals who retract truthful allegations of rape or domestic violence out of fear are less likely to be prosecuted under proposed new guidance for prosecutors on the offence of perverting the course of justice, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, said today. But individuals who make malicious false allegations should know they risk prosecution, he said.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 10th February 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Rape guidelines may prevent unfair prosecutions of those who retract claim – The Guardian

“Tougher measures to prevent women being unfairly prosecuted after making and retracting rape claims are to be announced under new guidelines from the director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer.”

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The Guardian, 10th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Killer mobility scooter driver escapes prosecution – Daily Telegraph

“The driver of a mobility scooter who killed a 90-year old pedestrian escaped prosecution because no law existed to enable police to take action, an inquest heard.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th January 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Undercover police case: CPS to review convictions of environmental protesters – Daily Telegraph

“The Crown Prosecution service (CPS) is to review the convictions of a group of environmental protesters sentenced for planning to shut down the UK’s second largest power station.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th January 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

DPP’s power to block war crimes arrests is in the public interest – The Guardian

“The director of public prosecutions has disclosed how he proposes to use unique new powers enabling him to block the arrest of visiting foreigners accused of war crimes abroad.”

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The Guardian, 26th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Phone-hacking scandal: DPP orders ‘robust approach’ – The Guardian

“The Crown Prosecution Service is to adopt a ‘robust approach’ in examining ‘recent or new substantive allegations’ of phone hacking.”

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The Guardian, 25th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

News of the World phone hacking: DPP orders review of police evidence – The Guardian

“The Crown Prosecution Service yesterday (13 January) announced that it would mount a ‘comprehensive’ review of phone-hacking material held by the Metropolitan police in a dramatic volte-face prompted by recent revelations in the courts.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

IPCC to launch inquiry into collapsed case against environmental protesters – The Guardian

“Police watchdog called in to investigate reasons why prosecution fell apart.”

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The Guardian, 13th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CPS publishes guidance on Non-Accidental Head Injury cases involving children – Crown Prosecution Service

“Updated guidance for prosecutors on dealing with Non-Accidental Head Injury (NAHI) cases involving children, formerly known as ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ cases, has been published today by the Crown Prosecution Service.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 6th January 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Murder convictions for child head injuries to require extra evidence – CPS – The Guardian

“Evidence of head injuries is unlikely to be sufficient on its own to charge someone with homicide, attempted murder or assault of young children, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.”

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The Guardian, 6th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prosecution of driver who warned others of speed trap defended by CPS – Daily Telegraph

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has defended its decision to prosecute a driver who flashed his lights at other motorists to warn them of a mobile police speed trap.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th January 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Man who threw snowball at police faces second court hearing – The Guardian

“Dean Smith charged with common assault and case adjourned to give CPS time to decide whether to proceed with case.”

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The Guardian, 3rd January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

DPP announces measures to strengthen rape prosecutions – Crown Prosecution Service

” ‘Rape victims deserve justice and I am determined that we will deliver it,’ Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, said today. Mr Starmer was announcing a series of changes within the CPS intended to instil greater quality and consistency into the processes by which crimes of rape are prosecuted.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 16th December 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Keir Starmer orders change in dealing with rape claim retraction cases – The Guardian

“The director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer, has ordered a change in the way government lawyers deal with cases against women who withdraw rape claims, acknowledging ‘failings’ in the handling of a recent victim.”

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The Guardian, 16th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: Rape: justice will be done

Phone hacking allegations – Statement from Director of Public Prosecutions – Crown Prosecution Service

“Phone hacking allegations – Statement from Director of Public Prosecutions.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 10th December 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Andy Coulson phone-hacking investigation to be dropped – Daily Telegraph

“The Daily Telegraph can disclose that detectives are to be formally advised by the Crown Prosecution Service that Mr Coulson and other former and current employees of the tabloid newspaper have no criminal case to answer.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th December 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina v Chaytor and others – WLR Daily

Regina v Chaytor and others [2010] UKSC 52; [2010] WLR (D) 311

“Parliamentary privilege did not pose any bar to the prosecution of defendants charged with false accounting who, while serving Members of Parliament, made claims for expenses and allowances to the Fees Office of the House of Commons.”

WLR Daily, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Deaths in police custody since 1998: 333; officers convicted: none – The Guardian

“A total of 333 people have died in or following police custody over the past 11 years, but no officer has ever been successfully prosecuted, according to a watchdog’s report.”

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The Guardian,

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs’ expenses: Judge explains privilege ruling – BBC News

“Supreme Court President Lord Phillips has said parliamentary privilege does not protect MPs from being prosecuted for ‘ordinary crimes’.”

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BBC News, 1st December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

No charges for MI5 officer accused over Binyam Mohamed – BBC News

“The Crown Prosecution Service has dropped its investigation into an MI5 officer accused of complicity in the mistreatment of Binyam Mohamed.”

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BBC News, 17th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Potters Bar train crash: Network Rail and Jarvis Rail to be prosecuted – The Guardian

“Criminal proceedings are to start against Network Rail and the maintenance firm Jarvis Rail over alleged safety failures behind the 2002 Potters Bar rail crash, in which seven people died.”

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The Guardian, 10th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Watchdog raps costly CPS failures – Law Society’s Gazette

“Failings at the Crown Prosecution Service and police are costing the taxpayer £600,000 a year in abandoned trials and preventing cases from being brought before the courts, a CPS inspection report found this week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 28th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Human rights challenge to Met over Jean Charles de Menezes death – Daily Telegraph

“The family of Jean Charles de Menezes has launched a new fight for justice at the European Court of Human Rights over the failure to prosecute seven police officers over the Brazilian’s shooting.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina (Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough Council) v East Berkshire Magistrates’ Court – WLR Daily

Regina (Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough Council) v East Berkshire Magistrates’ Court [2010] WLR(D) 264

“Whether an article was a ‘knife’ within the meaning of s 141A(2)(a) of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 was not a pure question of fact, but a question of mixed fact and law; and the justices had erred in law in finding that s 141A did not apply to a grapefruit knife, notwithstanding that it was a cutting instrument consisting of a blade with a handle.”

WLR Daily, 25th October 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Regina v M(L) and Others; Regina v Tabot; Regina v Tijani – WLR Daily

Regina v M(L) and Others; Regina v Tabot; Regina v Tijani [2010] EWCA Crim 2327 ; [2010] WLR(D) 266

“Where a person was a victim of human trafficking, for the purposes of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CETS No 197), and whilst retaining some nexus with the trafficking committed an offence which arguably called, in the public interest, for prosecution, the decision whether to prosecute depended on whether the offence committed was serious enough to call for prosecution, which in turn depended on all the circumstances of the case, the gravity of the offence alleged, the degree of continuing compulsion, and the alternatives reasonably available to the defendant. The prosecution was not obliged by art 10 of the Convention to advise a defendant’s solicitors of the availability of human trafficking referral agencies or to refer a represented defendant to those agencies, unless there were something unusual about the defendant’s case, but were obliged to remind the defendant’s solicitors of the existence of those agencies.”

WLR Daily, 25th October 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Tracy Dawber’s conviction brings shocking paedophile case to a close – Crown Prosecution Service

“The retrial of Tracy Dawber brings to an end the prosecution of one of the most shocking child abuse rings in the country, said Ann Reddrop, the Crown Prosecution Service lawyer who dealt with all the cases.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 18th October 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

CPS ‘not altering’ decision over Ian Tomlinson death – BBC News

“The decision not to prosecute Pc Simon Harwood over the death of Ian Tomlinson will not alter, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.”

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BBC News, 14th October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

CPS apologises to woman over assault case collapse – BBC News

“The Crown Prosecution Service has apologised to a woman over failures in the collapse of a case against a man accused of assaulting her. The woman was waiting to go into Ealing Magistrates’ Court in west London, when she learned the prosecutor had suddenly decided to offer no evidence. The CPS has launched an inquiry into the handling of the case.”

Full story

BBC News, 8th October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Nick Clegg signals rethink over rape trial anonymity – The Guardian

“Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, today signalled a new willingness to drop the government’s plans to grant anonymity to defendants in rape cases, after growing opposition to the proposal.”

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The Guardian, 7th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Questions about the decision to prosecute Kay Gilderdale – Crown Prosecution Service

“A question has arisen as to whether it was in the public interest for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to have prosecuted Kay Gilderdale for attempted murder.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 26th January 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Half of men arrested for rape not prosecuted – Daily Telegraph

“Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) solicitors considered the cases of 6,597 people, the vast majority of whom were men, arrested for rape in 2008-9.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th December 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

UK fury as Germany prosecutes Daniel Ubani, GP who gave fatal dose – The Guardian

“British prosecutors and police are furious with German authorities over the way they prosecuted a doctor for accidentally killing a patient while on his first shift as an out-of-hours locum GP in England.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prosecutors to review Blair Peach death after 30 years – The Guardian

“Prosecutors are reviewing the three-decade-old case into the death of Blair Peach, an anti-fascist campaigner widely believed to have been killed by a police officer.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CPS asked to consider charging four parliamentarians over expenses – The Guardian

“Prosecutors have been asked to consider charging four parliamentarians in relation to expenses abuses, Scotland Yard said today.”

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police to handle minor charges under new CPS proposals – The Times

“The police may take over responsibility for bringing charges for thousands of minor offences each year under changes to be piloted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).”

Full story

The Times, 11th November 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Straw: UK will not be a safe haven to those who commit genocide – Ministry of Justice

“The UK will not be a safe haven to those accused of heinous crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, Justice Secretary Jack Straw said today as he announced changes to strengthen the law.”

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Ministry of Justice, 26th October 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Top judge ‘to restore confidence’ – BBC News

“The Lord Chief Justice has said public confidence in the justice system will be ‘undermined’ if prosecutions are abandoned because they cost too much.”

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BBC News, 20th October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

CPS consults on changes to prosecution principles – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today launched a 12 week public consultation on important changes to the Code for Crown Prosecutors – the document that sets out the principles which prosecutors must follow when they decide whether or not to prosecute an individual.”

Full story

Crown Prosecution Service, 19th October 2009

Source: www.cps.gov.uk


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