It should be a huge embarrassment for the Conservative Government that its ministers do not know how to behave, especially during important court hearings.
This was a corporate manslaughter case, at which his use of Twitter could have prejudiced the outcome, if the jury had been asked to find a verdict.
Hunt himself could have been imprisoned for contempt of court.
It seems there were enough reasons to find that the NHS staff concerned had not behaved in a sufficiently negligent manner, to ensure that the case was dismissed, so there was no need for legal action against Hunt.
But this kind of incompetence is an indictment against a Conservative Government whose ministers simply aren’t qualified for their jobs.
No wonder the UK is in such a terrible state.
A High Court judge blasted Jeremy Hunt and ordered him to delete a tweet that could have influenced an NHS manslaughter trial.
The hapless Health Secretary linked to a news report about schoolteacher Frances Cappuccini, called Mrs Coffee by pupils, who died in pain hours after giving birth by Caesarean section in 2012.
But Mr Justice Coulson said his claim that it was a “tragic case from which huge lessons must be learned” was “highly inappropriate” because the NHS and a doctor were still standing trial for manslaughter.
Sitting in a crown court hearing he complained there were “no lawyers left in the Commons” and warned in a worse case the tweet could have been contempt of court – a criminal offence.
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