Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Rebekah Brooks charged!
As to be expected Rebekah Brooks took a defiant stance yesterday when she was charged on three counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. She described the decision to prosecute her as ‘weak and unjust’. However, given the array of top lawyers the prosecuting team know they will have to face – perhaps a truer description of the decision was – courageous.
We saw, how, in the Rochdale child abuse case, that the prosecuting authorities failed to proceed with, what seemed to be, a perfectly good case based on the evidence from one teenager who came forward at the time the abuse ring were just starting. It did appear that the decision to conclude that she would not be viewed as a credible weakness was more based in fear of the repercussions from the local community rather than the quality of the witness.
What we don’t know of course, is how many more serious cases are not pursued because of the pressure that is applied by the rich or powerful!