Labour MP Marie Rimmer, accused of kicking an elderly Indy campaigner during the Scottish referendum, is in court for the first day of her trial. She denies the charges. Will Labour have to suspend another MP if the jury don’t believe her?
The jury at the three year-long Hillsborough inquest have reached a majority verdict, which cannot be reported until 11am tomorrow morning. So it’s a pretty major blooper for the BBC to broadcast that verdict in their headline caption, redacted by Guido in the above image. Here is the Beeb reporter outside the court pretending not to know the result and explaining why they should not have put it up on the screen:
Potentially in contempt of court…
PJS -v- News Group Newspapers Ltd
21 April 2016
On appeal from the Court of Appeal Civil Division (England and Wales)
At the end of the hearing on 21st April the Supreme Court announced that it would reserve judgment and give its decision at a later date.
The injunction granted by the Court of Appeal and continued by this Court remains in force.
No decision yet. One thing appears to have been accepted by both parties in the Supreme Court without challenge – that this website is outside the jurisdiction of the English Courts. Which is what Guido told Leveson, Carter-Ruck and various learned rent-a-quotes…
The Supreme Court will hear argument as to whether permission to appeal should be granted, and, if it is granted, as to whether the appeal should be allowed or dismissed. The interim injunction granted by the Court of Appeal will remain in place until the conclusion of the Supreme Court hearing, and at the end of the hearing the Supreme Court will decide whether to continue that injunction. Until then…
The injunction has been lifted but the names can not yet be published pending appeal. The gagging order remains in place until Wednesday 1pm…
UPDATE: The judge adds:
“The court should not make orders which are ineffective. It is inappropriate for the court to ban people from saying that which is common knowledge. Knowledge of the relevant matters is now so widespread that confidentiality has probably been lost.”
Read Lord Justice Jackson on the futility of injunctions here.
Yesterday Guido gave an interview* to the Irish Times about the Celebrity Threesome Injunction. Lawyers Carter Ruck claim this article and others, despite being typed and uploaded in Ireland to be hosted on servers in the United States protected by the First Amendment, breaches their injunction covering England and Wales.
The injunction is incredibly restrictive; it not only prohibits reporting the facts of the matter, it prohibits linking to the story, identifying the National Enquirer or this site in any way. Which is why the British press is referring to a mystery “top blogger” and Google has been forced to remove links to our articles. The Irish Times however identifies the “top blogger”, names this website and even handily gives the headline to cut and paste into Google to easily find the censored article. Not really a legal issue for a foreign printed publication.
However as the photo above shows, the international edition of the Irish Times was freely available in London. It is printed at the Newsfax plant in Hackney…
*The article is no longer on the Irish Times website, it has been copied from the Google cache and is reproduced in full in the comments below.
Guido noticed an overnight drop in traffic to this website. Google search results were not sending as many referrals as we have been seeing recently. It appears Carter-Ruck have threatened Google for being in breach of the ridiculous injunction obtained by Elton’s husband David Furnish in relation to the so-called “celebrity threesome” case. Not entirely unexpected. Still not going to work, though Guido reserves the right to counter-sue for loss of earnings…
Tomorrow, behind a closed door – so much for open justice – an appeal hearing is set to be held where The Sun will ask judges to deliberate whether to free the media to report the case or continue to censor their identities. David Furnish and Elton John argue that they want to spare their children embarrassment. Should have thought of that before stripping down and lashing on the olive oil in the kiddie pool…
Around the world more and more publications are covering the story. Carter-Ruck are collecting more fees. More people are hearing about the triple trysts, even the broadsheets are delicately covering a story they would otherwise have ignored – the Streisand Effect is in operation globally. Guido wonders if Elton should consider doing a duet with Barbara?
The front page headline of the new National Enquirer, now on newsstands in the States, declares: “Elton John Betrayed by Cheating Husband!” Over 3 pages the US tabloid reports how lawyers for Elton John claim David Furnish did not have an affair because the singer knew about his extra-marital relationship. […]
“He packed my bags last night, pre-flight,” David Furnish might have said of Elton John before the happy couple flew off on holiday to Venice this week. Oh the press still hounded them, all the papers had to say was: “the musician flashed a big smile… David looked equally as cheery”.[…]
Lawyers for the parents of Elliott Johnson have argued that their son’s previous mental health issues and suicide attempts were “pre-existing vulnerabilities” which did not contribute to him taking his own life. In their submission to the coroner today, the Johnson lawyers said:
In so far as it may be said that there is evidence of other pressures or reasons for the actions that Elliott took… The vast majority of the features identified by him in that letter are directly referable to [bullying and losing his job]…
his family believe that up to this time Elliott had been in a good state of mind, happy and excited about his new job with CWF.
Tory MP Geoffrey Cox, the highest earning member of the Commons who rakes in hundreds of thousands of pounds a year as a QC, has been rebuked by the Standards Commissioner for failing to declare £400,000 of income.
Wait for it, his defence is just outstanding:
In his evidence to the Commissioner, Mr Cox explained how the late registration came about.
The new Shadow Defence Secretary is going to have difficulty explaining why she accepted thousands of pounds in donations from a law firm which was condemned over false legal claims made against British soldiers. In December 2014, Thornberry took a £14,500 donation-in-kind from Leigh Day & Co.[…]
This part of the judgement amused Guido:
Geoffrey Cox, the highest-earning MP in the Commons who earns hundreds of thousands of pounds a year for his work as a QC, has resigned from parliament’s sleaze watchdog for doing something if not sleazy exactly, definitely slack. Cox has on at least one occasion failed to register his outside earnings within the 28 days required, compelling him to resign from the Commons Committee on Standards and refer himself to the Standards Commissioner.[…]