Thursday, 6 November 2014

UK government dismantles lawyer-client confidentiality

In my book The Cannabis Cover Up, I make the allegation that, because of a combination of a restricted Legal Aid budget and lazy barristers, the (government) Prosecution staff effectively control the Defence lawyers.  Many readers might consider that a bit far-fetched.

Little by little, however, the British government is forced to make public the degree to which it manipulates the criminal ‘justice’ system for its own ends.  Today it is revealed that government lawyers have the ability to override lawyer-client confidentiality and spy directly on what is passing between a Defendant and his barrister.

Cori Crider, a lawyer for the human rights charity Reprieve, says: "It's now clear the intelligence agencies have been eavesdropping on lawyer-client conversations for years.
"This raises troubling implications for the whole British justice system. In how many cases has the government eavesdropped to give itself an unfair advantage in court?"

The excuse, of course, is ‘national security’ – the usual government get-out-of-jail-card excuse for all skulduggery.  The truth, as always, is somewhat different.  Money and expediency is the order of the day in the British system.  The quickest and cheapest way to get the result they want is to nobble the Defence.  It saves time and cost – and where the case opens up the possibility of seizing assets – it allows the government to get to the money faster.

Read more at CRIMAX

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