The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Stupid and Counterproductive

There is an enquiry going on into alleged covert bugging of conversations between solicitors and their clients. If even some of the allegations are true there could be widespread consequences, up to and including the release of some very nasty criminals. I blogged about a similar case here.
What the hell was the matter with the people who set this up? They knew, or should have known, that such gross illegality as recording a legally privileged conversation between lawyer and client could only lead to the collapse of cases and the injustice of guilty and dangerous people being released, probably with a wodge of public money to help them along. Unbelievable.