Now, this is interesting if true.
The CPS has already confirmed that the Director of Public Prosecutions consulted Neil Moore, a barrister at 23 Essex Street where Daniel Janner worked, over whether to prosecute Lord Janner. Now, according to The Times, Leicestershire Police had concerns and were given an assurance that the CPS were dealing with the Janner case.
Be a little careful as the police have their own case to put forward but the natural inference from this statement would be that Leicestershire Police had raised those concerns with the CPS during appraisal of the Police’s evidence by the CPS and that the CPS had given a specific assurance to the Leicestershire Police regarding this.
The CPS response is carefully qualified. There were no ‘improper’ attempts, the DPP was not ‘unduly’ influenced.
I think some clarification from Leicestershire Police and the CPS is called for on this.
In a separate development, Leicestershire police told The Times that they were concerned about alleged improper attempts by a member of the Bar to influence key legal decisions in their investigation into Lord Janner, 86, and other suspects. A spokesman for the force said: “We are aware of this barrister and had concerns but were assured the CPS were dealing with this matter.”
The CPS said that no improper attempts had been made to influence Mrs Saunders. A spokesman said: “The DPP was not unduly influenced by anyone when making this decision. As head of the CPS — an independent prosecuting authority — the DPP is used to making difficult decisions and will continue to do so independently.