Perverting the Course of Justice

When I was a very young lawyer I as part of my duties I attended and observed a trial of policemen who were charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice. One of the policemen was Detective Sergeant Norman Pilcher. I attended the trial almost every day, and for the days when I did not attend, I read transcripts of the day’s proceedings and analysed them. D/S Pilcher was, at the time that the charge against him was concerned, running the Drugs Squad at Scotland Yard and was in the habit of arresting famous rock musicians, some of whom alleged that he planted evidence against them. Continue reading

Counting the crimes that may have been committed at the News of the World.

One of the shrouds that stifle democracy in the United Kingdom was lifted when the News of the World closed down. It was closed by a man of whom his supporters and employees said there was ink in his veins and that he loved newspapers, but it was closed because that man, who loved newspapers, thought that he would lose a great deal more money by closing a profitable paper than he would if he retained it. This man has more money than he and his heirs could ever spend. Whatever it is that flows through his veins, it is not ink. Continue reading