Janner Request To Keep Seat In Lords

From today’s edition of The Sunday Times

The reference to the general election indicates that this is a recent development. Lord Janner seems to have been well enough to sign a letter requesting that he remain a voting member of the House of Lords.

It seems that he is fit enough to plead for his job but not fit enough to enter a plea regarding the  very serious criminal allegations that have been made.

I think it is fair to ask, what the hell is going on here ?

Janner can’t have it both ways !

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Letters in The Times 18/04/2015

Sir, Your article may have been taken to suggest that, as DPP, I took a decision in 2007 not to prosecute Lord Janner for a variety of serious sexual offences (“The senior lawyers who failed to act”, Apr 17). This is not true. As the present DPP, Alison Saunders, has confirmed to me, the case in question was never referred to CPS headquarters from the local CPS area in which it arose, as it certainly should have been under CPS rules then in force. This grave failure meant that the case never came to me. Had it done so I should undoubtedly have given it my close personal attention.

Ken Macdonald, QC

The Times

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Leading QC Urged Lord Janner Be Charged

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The director of public prosecutions rejected the advice of one of the country’s principal authorities on sex offences when she ruled that Lord Janner of Braunstone should not be charged with child abuse.

Eleanor Laws, QC, was leading counsel to Leicestershire police’s investigation into the veteran Labour peer and recommended that he be put on trial despite his age and dementia.

There is recent precedent — Michael Collingwood was convicted in his absence by Exeter crown court in 2010 of abusing six young girls. Like Lord Janner the defendant was suffering from advanced dementia.

Alison Saunders ruled this week that because of Lord Janner’s illness it would not be in the public interest to prosecute despite there being sufficient evidence to charge him with 22 offences against nine alleged victims over three decades.

Mrs Saunders’s decision, which was communicated to police at the start of the week, caused surprise and anger among complainants and detectives who had expected the case to go to court.

Ms Laws, who is also leading counsel to Operation Pallial, the country’s largest historical abuse investigation into children’s homes in north Wales, said yesterday that she was unable to comment because her advice to the DPP was the legally privileged property of the Crown Prosecution Service.

The Times

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Operation Enamel Seized Videos And Cine Film

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I’ll update you if I get more information on this.

The CPS spent nine months reviewing evidence relating to alleged abuse between 1969 and 1988.

Furious Leicestershire Police chiefs yesterday revealed they had handed the CPS “credible evidence”, including videos and cine film.

Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister said the CPS’s decision was “the wrong one” and campaigners called it a “step backwards for justice”.

The Sun

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‘Paedophile’ Greville Janner

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‘Paedophile’ Lord Janner

We have learned a lot over the last 24 hours, not least from  The Daily Mail and other MSM outlets that if we surround the word ‘paedophile’ with apostrophes we can put the word in close proximity to Lord Janner’s name. By extension of this principle it stands to reason that ‘nonce’ and ‘child abuser’ can also be written in close proximity to ‘paedophile’ Lord Janner’s name.

Actually, there is a point to all of this, beyond mischief making, because the raft of statements published yesterday by Leicestershire Police, the Leicestershire Police Commissioner, and the CPS  were quite extraordinary and it demonstrates exactly the kind of problems that arise when the law of the land breaks down, and it has broken down, not just in the case of ‘paedophile’ Lord Janner but in a broad sense regarding allegations of establishment child abuse  over the last 40 years at least.

We as a society rely on law and order and when the justice system is perceived to have failed or the principle of equality in law diminished it creates a vacuum which by its very nature is quickly filled. There are at least 30 current IPCC investigations into past police failures regarding historical child abuse allegations across the UK and it is in part because of these very obvious failures that the rightful legal authorities are struggling to impose their moral authority on this still developing scandal. To be fair to both the CPS and the police, my sense is that they genuinely want to put things right but their moral authority to do so is continually undermined as evidence of egregious failures from the past are exposed.

And so, as a consequence, we were witness to yesterday’s contretemps between Leicestershire Police and the CPS. It was rather like watching the police, who having left a giant floating stinking turd in the toilet, blaming the CPS for their inability to flush it away. The CPS are on the receiving end of the public outrage but the public should make their own mind up on whether it is a more honest position to admit openly that the turd can’t be flushed or whether noisily jumping around and pointing the finger at the turd demanding it be flushed when it can’t actually be flushed away now is more honest.

Regardless, I’d suggest you’d look long, hard, and without success before you will find statements by the CPS or any police force like those published yesterday. That is as close as you’ll ever come to seeing an unconvicted man who is still alive being identified as a child abuser by legal bodies.

Lord Janner’s victims, I won’t insult them by prefixing ‘victim’ with ‘alleged’, will justifiably be upset. They alone are completely without any blame but if any of the victims read this I’d like to say this to them; you may be disappointed and very angry right now but because of your bravery in coming forward the sickening stench of this injustice is in the public’s nostrils and they can not ignore it. Cause and effect are sometimes difficult to perceive but in part because of your courage children in the future will be safer.  That may not be as personally satisfying as justice but it is nevertheless noble and something to be proud of.

You all, no doubt, will examine other legal avenues and you’ll do so with public support.

 

 

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CPS Overruled On Janner Prosecution

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Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, personally overruled senior lawyers to block a prosecution of the Labour peer Lord Janner on child abuse charges.

Lead counsel appointed to the case recommended that Lord Janner of Braunstone, QC, who has advanced dementia, should be charged with 16 sex offences against nine alleged victims spanning three decades from the 1960s. Until last month Leicestershire police, who investigated the case and interviewed 25 alleged victims, believed that the Crown Prosecution Service would press charges.

In an eleventh hour volte-face, Mrs Saunders decided that despite sufficient evidence to prosecute it was not in the public interest to go ahead because the severity of Lord Janner’s dementia meant that he would not be able to follow proceedings or instruct lawyers. The DPP’s decision was angrily condemned by alleged victims, who will seek a review, and the police, who have said that they are taking advice about a legal challenge. Any such move would increase pressure on Mrs Saunders, who is already facing criticism over her running of the CPS.

The Times

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