Sunday, March 04, 2007

Cash for Peerages, Downing Street Leaked!

According to this article in today's News of the World, sources in the CPS blame Downing Street insiders for leaking the email, in an attempt to blow the investigation off course and even scupper a trial.

Guido also has this analysis, and reaches similar conclusions.

The News of the World contains Ming Campbell's quote on the matter:

"The important thing to remember is that the Attorney General acts in the public interest and, in particular, he has an interest to ensure that no possible prosecution is prejudiced and no possible defence is prejudiced.

"The inference of Lord Goldsmith's actions was that he at least contemplates the possibility that a prosecution of some kind will follow."

Whilst the article quotes media lawyer Mark Stephens:

"I would expect a development this weekend. I would be astonished if there wasn't."

So would I! It certainly is looking bad for those involved!

In fact the News of the World article says it is expecting charges for conspiring to pervert the course of justice. ouch.

For more on the cash for peerages inquiry see here.

Hat tip to Mike Smithson of for the News of the World article.

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