Director of Public Prosecutions perverting the course of justice?

Is it possible that the Guardian frames the law in this country?  Many people would rightly laugh at such a question.

But it appears, from the weight of circumstantial evidence that exists, that the Guardian’s journalists are capable – or at the very least have an expectation – of using their close relationships with people in the highest echelons of the legal establishment to subvert the course of justice for their own ends.

A case in point is kindly provided by the Guardian’s David Leigh, who with typical arrogance, argued before the Leveson Inquiry that the law regarding ‘phone hacking’ should not apply to him for his admitted instance of criminal activity because he believes it was in the public interest. The look on his face as he spoke suggested a confidence that other people opening admitting a crime in public just do not have. As the Daily Mail reported, Leigh argued:

I like to think that if the incident I have described came to the attentions of the DPP [Director of Public Prosecutions], and I was asked about it, the DPP would conclude that there was no public interest in seeking to prosecute me or another person for doing something like that. That is a backstop that the law has to stop it making an ass of itself.

Ordinarily this would seem a quite staggering assertion to make. Particularly as there is no public interest immunity from prosecution for that criminal offence.  But Leigh’s circumstances are anything but ordinary. Leigh appears to feel in a strong enough position to effectively challenge the DPP to prosecute him. And that is because of his close ties to the man this blog has previously identified as the Guardian’s Angel, the DPP himself, Keir Starmer.

Unlike the vast majority of the population, there is more than a hint that Leigh enjoys protection and preferential treatment reserved for good friends and colleagues who inhabit the same ideological, activist plane on the distant left of the political spectrum.

In our Guardian’s Angel post we showed how Keir Starmer’s career had been nurtured by his close friend and mentor, the activist left wing lawyer Geoffrey Robertson.  We reminded readers of Robertson’s direct involvement as contributor to the Guardian and its legal counsel in court actions.  We also established the clear conflict of interest Starmer has personally as a former contributor to the Guardian and also its legal counsel in court actions.  What we did not show was the professional links between Robertson/Starmer axis and Leigh.

Many people do not realise that David Leigh (then at the Observer) actually worked as an aide to Geoffrey Robertson during the Neil Hamilton sleaze action.  This was explained in Leigh’s co-authored book ‘Sleaze’ shown in extract below:

Then of course there Robertson’s fawning adoration of Leigh in his book ‘The Justice Game’ shown in extract below:

Taken in the round it can be of little surprise that this very cosy network of friends and allies working in a mutally supportive manner to further their aims.

Interestingly, in media reports from the Leveson Inquiry, there was no mention of Leigh’s involvement in other criminal activities concerning the infamous Benji ‘the binman’ Pell, which show the same contempt for the law exhibited in his phone hacking and ‘blagging’ behaviour.

The focus now turns once again to Director of Public Prosecutions Starmer.  Arrests are being made as journalists suspected of being involved in the commissioning of phone hacking are pursued by the Met Police’s Operation Weeting investigation team.  Here, in the shape of David Leigh, the Weeting investigation has a journalist who has openly admitted personally hacking the messages on a mobile phone.  It’s an open and shut case.

So where is the arrest and where is the Crown Prosecution Service action?  As the police and CPS are aware there is no public interest defence for the action Leigh has confessed to.  So what is holding them back?

Could it be that with these evident conflicts of interest and biases, Leigh’s former colleague and ideological soulmate who currently occupies the office with DPP on the door, has got Leigh’s back?  Could it be that to protect a former colleague and ally Keir Starmer is perverting the course of justice?

11 Responses to “Director of Public Prosecutions perverting the course of justice?”


  1. 1 ian 08/12/2011 at 11:22 pm

    Brilliant work AM. You should be a police detective – mind you I don’t suppose the corruption-riddled Yard would have you.

  2. 2 Edward. 08/12/2011 at 11:56 pm

    Is it possible that the Guardian frames the law in this country? Many people would rightly laugh at such a question.

    When one reads this blog comment and weighs up all the evidence, it is very hard to counter the initial accusation in the above quoted text. The Labour party’s large writ still holds, in the legal corridors of power.

    But even knowing that bias and favouritism is a given, then: why is Keir Starmer still in a job?

  3. 3 Jeremy Poynton 09/12/2011 at 6:45 am

    Can a member of the public report Leigh to the CPS?

  4. 4 Andy Baxter 09/12/2011 at 6:57 am

    Jeremy any member of the public can report a suspected crime or offence, indeed in the interests of community and social order it is inucmbent upon all of us to do so, even going as far as in the words of Sir Robert Peel’s 7th Principles of Policing “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”

    alas as AM has exposed a rather corrupt cosy mutual back scratching club exists along with TPTB goal of claiming and enforcing a monopoly on force via harsh enforcemnet and punishment of those members of the public who attempt to do their civic duties of detaining or challenging burglars, defending themselves and their property against wrongdoers and even reporting crimes where largely they are ignored and given useless crime numbers……

    well done AM, the only blogger so far looking at his I’ve seen, most are obsessed (rightly or wrongly so) with the EU and Euro at al…but this is just another piece of a larger jigsaw picture of the endemic failures and corruption as Dr. North puts it “those above the line” in our divine rightgeoous ruling elite….

    Come the Revolution eh!

  5. 5 Martin Brumby 09/12/2011 at 8:11 am

    Personally, it would give a huge boost to my rather threadbare faith in British Justice to see Leigh standing behind a brass rail.

    Much more important than prosecuting some NOTW hack peddling tittle tattle about nonebrities.

    But it isn’t going to happen. The current political “elite” is so intertwined with the Grauniadistas that the very idea of shovelling out that Augean stable would seem laughable to them.

  6. 6 StrongUnitedKingdom 09/12/2011 at 9:57 am

    Have you considered presenting this in an open letter to the Attourney-General, the Chief Constable and say the Daily Telegraph? This unhealthily close (at best) relationship is widely known about but nothing has happened. Perhaps you could force their hand on it and get them to take a stand. From there the response can be supported or attacked. Currently the do nothing/wall of silence approach allows them to avoid the issue.

    Top marks for the post.

  7. 7 The Gray Monk 09/12/2011 at 11:00 am

    Try “laying an information” at the nearest Magistrate’s court. If nothing else, it will make the newspapers when you are asked to produce the evidence you hold to support your charges.

  8. 8 john in cheshire 09/12/2011 at 1:58 pm

    Why isn’t Mr Murdoch making a fuss about it; after all it’s in his interests to start exacting retribution against his enemies?

  9. 9 DB 10/12/2011 at 9:07 am

    Looks like one of the Guardian’s most incendiary claims against the News of the World may not be true after all. A nothing-to-do-with-us article by Nick Davies and David Leigh reports:

    “Fresh details of the hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone by the News of the World have been obtained by the police, the Guardian has learned.

    According to sources familiar with the case, officers from Operation Weeting have unearthed logs detailing the hacked messages from tearful members of the murdered girl’s family.

    It is understood that while News of the World reporters probably were responsible for deleting some of the missing girl’s messages, police have concluded that they were not responsible for the particular deletion which caused her family to have false hope that she was alive.

    Detectives told Milly’s parents in April that the paper’s journalists had intercepted and deleted messages on the murdered teenager’s phone. Evidence has now revealed that Milly’s phone would automatically delete messages 72 hours after being listened to.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/dec/09/milly-dowler-voicemails-police-logs-inquiry

  10. 10 DaveyC 10/12/2011 at 10:23 am

    It took long enough for them to work that out. When I listen to voicemails I can save them for 7 days. After that they get deleted automatically. All these police and experts wanted to believe a hacker deleted the messages so they could demonise NoW even more. I bet the Graun knew about this and kept quiet. Leigh is a snake.


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