Hillsborough trial collapses as judge rules there’s no case to answer

Betrayed again: it seems early inquiries into the Hillsborough tragedy were organised in order to deflect criticism of the police while having no legal weight at all.

It seems to me that somebody has been dancing around the law in a very clever way.

Three people accused of perverting the course of justice, with regard to the Hillsborough disaster that killed 96, have been acquitted.

The reason? The statements they prepared – which have been called into question – were provided to a public inquiry chaired by Lord Taylor in 1990 – but it was not a statutory inquiry, therefore not “a court of law”, so there was no “course of public justice” which could be perverted.

In that case, what was the point of having such an inquiry?

Nothing it found can be considered safe.

We have no information on whether the statements by retired Ch Supt Donald Denton, retired Det Ch Insp Alan Foster and former solicitor Peter Metcalf were slanted to minimise blame on South Yorkshire Police.

Without knowing that, we cannot know whether the conclusion of the inquiry – the inquiry, mark you – was accurate or not.

The question therefore arises: why was this not a statutory inquiry? Was a political decision made to run it as it was, in order to avoid possible legal repercussions in the future – like the accusation of perverting justice now?

Some might be hoping that this judgement will close the book on Hillsborough – but it has only given us more reason to demand justice for the 96.

Source: Hillsborough trial: Men acquitted as judge rules no case to answer – BBC News

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  1. Alan M Dransfield May 26, 2021 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Prime example just how corrupt our judges are.

  2. dwrcymru May 26, 2021 at 10:56 am - Reply

    There will never be justice of any kind for the common people of this land while conservatives rule the roost.

  3. MR R R BEILEY May 26, 2021 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Justice vs The Law. The two are not bedfellows. The Lord Chief Justice has cunningly used a legal loophole to decide that there is no case to answer. No wonder this country if full of cynics who time after time are denied justice.

  4. El Dee May 26, 2021 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    The Army in NI and the Police anywhere seem to be made of Teflon. The governments of the day and all since have pulled out all the stops to ensure that actual justice is never done. They don’t even act subtle about it either.

    What I find even more worrying is the large number of people who actually support this..

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