Starmer to give his friend Leigh a keep out of jail card?

Regular readers may remember this post back in December, when we examined the evidence given to the Leveson Inquiry by the Guardian’s self confessed phone hacker, David Leigh.  This blog posed a rhetorical question… is it possible that the Guardian frames the law in this country?

The post argued that at the very least, senior editorial staff at the Guardian appear to be using their close relationships with people in the highest echelons of the legal establishment to subvert the course of justice for their own ends.  Perhaps it is less a case of subversion and more a case of wielding undue influence.  A Daily Mail story today that Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, will introduce an interim policy in a ‘matter of weeks’ to set out ‘in one place’ the factors to be taken into account when considering whether to charge a journalist with a crime.

The story explains how Starmer has outlined six factors which would be looked at when weighing up prosecutions against journalists, although others also exist. These include:

  • The relative gravity of any potential offence committed and/or harm caused compared with the public interest;
  • Whether there was any element of corruption in the commission of the offence;
  • Whether the conduct included the use of threats or intimidation;
  • The impact of the conduct on any course of justice, e.g. whether it put criminal proceedings in jeopardy;
  • Whether the public interest in question could have been served by lawful means;
  • The impact on the victim or victims of the conduct in question.

Currently there is no public interest defence for a journalist intercepting the voicemails of someone’s mobile phone.  So quite why David Leigh has not been arrested and prosecuted for his actions, when a raft of staff from News International have been arrested ‘on suspicion of unlawfully intercepting mobile phone voicemail messages’ by the Metropolitan Police, defies logic and reason.

However, it appears that Starmer’s ‘factors’ give rise to the possibility that Leigh’s ‘defence’ of public interest, when deliberately accessing the voicemails of someone he was investigating for a story, might be accepted as reasonable and therefore ensure he doesn’t face prosecution for the criminal act he has openly confirmed he committed.

Is this yet more circumstantial evidence that the DPP is working in the interests of his friends and former co-writers at the Guardian, placing them above the law that is being applied to others?  We need to watch for the interim policy to see if its contents contain a get-out clause for Leigh that ensure charges are not brought against him.

And in the meantime questions must continue to be asked about why David Leigh has not been arrested as part of the phone hacking investigation.  The only conclusion that can be drawn is that his fellow left wing activist and friend occupying the office of the DPP has got his back, rigging the deck to ensure Leigh holds a keep out of jail free card.  This rank injustice is a scandal that the mainstream media continues to turn a blind eye to, to its enduring shame.  Their silence is deafening.

7 Responses to “Starmer to give his friend Leigh a keep out of jail card?”

  1. 1 don wreford 10/02/2012 at 1:41 am

    Law and the outcome of justice, is dependent on finance and position, the privileged, are primarily above the law, whom either make the rules of law or have the ability to bend and interpret reality for the greater good of palpability, for the corrective process of the digestive system.
    The exception to this saga is, if the public stir and awaken from dream time and slumber, this aberration of abnormality is soon quelled by the forces of those whom have a duty of maintaining peace as in, ” All quiet On The Western Front”

  2. 2 Sam Duncan 10/02/2012 at 2:25 am

    “M’lud, my client used no threats or intimidation during his theft of the goods in question. Moreover, it can hardly be said that the loss of a telly and a few items of jewellery to one individual outweighs the benefit to the public at large, viz. my client and his fences, whose lives have been greatly enhanced by their acquisition. Clearly this benefit could not have been achieved through legal means, while the very existence of these proceedings, and my client’s attendance thereof – after only a minor scuffle with officers of the law – is proof positive that at no time did he put them in jeopardy.”

    Yeah, that’ll work.

    Surely there’s only one “factor” that needs to be taken into account: is there reason to believe a crime has been committed?

    In Leigh’s case, the answer is “yes”.

  3. 3 Oldrightie (@OldRightie) 10/02/2012 at 11:54 am

    I have long believed Labour left hundreds of placement supporters everywhere. The police, council top jobs, education and supportive head teachers, The NHS and so forth. Often Union or Party activists rewarded with big salaries and able to cause mayhem to any Government but Labour.

    Starmer is a case in point and at the very top of the legal machine. Pro=European, avid champagne socialist for whom the laws of the land are only for little people or perceived enemies.

  4. 4 Jack Savage 10/02/2012 at 3:44 pm

    I am with Oldrightie on this. The Civil Service and our whole apparatus of State has been corrupted by similar appointees.
    If the present government had any sense it would be routing them out pronto.
    Of course, it would then replace them with their own placemen.
    Aint democracy wonderful?

  5. 5 MWI 10/02/2012 at 5:30 pm

    Is there any information yet on Rushbriger’s secret meeting with Hogan-Hoew last week? It is very curious, to say the least what the meeting will have been about.
    It is also become very clear that the Guardina is being protecvted, not only by the BBC, but also by placemen in the establishment. The Mirror is getting off pretty lightly, so far.

  6. 6 Uncle Badger 11/02/2012 at 2:48 am

    Why has ‘call me Dave’ allowed the left wing activist Starmer to remain in power? Does anyone (except ‘Dave’) know?

  7. 7 Edward. 12/02/2012 at 12:05 am

    Great post AM.

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