"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Contempt of Court & The Internet


Here we go: On World this Weekend (R4) Lord Goldsmith called for a review of Contempt of Court legislation for 'a new communications age'.

"The Contempt of Court Act now needs looking at very, very closely. This probably is the time for a review of the Contempt of Court Act."

He said it's important to "look at the evidence of what does and does not affect juries" and that when he was Attorney General, he had thought "that something published months in advance of a trial was unlikely to make a difference to that trial".

However: "Communications have changed... The Internet gives a permanence to something that would otherwise have been a temporary statement."

Batten down the hatches and prepare to repel boarders - again.

2 comments:

  1. It also gives permanence to the utterances of ex-AGs. They don't like it up 'em, do they?

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  2. No, they don't LN - doesn't stop them trying though - it's always about controlling people. I think it's time for one of your specials on this c/waffler.

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