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Decision over crime law reference books may end up in court

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Jan 08, 2018
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Michael Hocken about 1 month ago

People on the London Underground would be most unlikely to consider that those involved in the decision made any attempt at all to give even a mere veneer of impartiality to the selection process, and much more likely to conclude that this is but another example of "do as I say, and not as I do" on the part of the judicial establishment.

The fact that the most senior editorial advisor to one of the publications apparently took part in the meeting at which the decision was taken (and that neither he nor anyone else present seemingly saw fit to speak up, despite the fact that each and every one of them must unquestionably have been aware of this blindingly obvious conflict of interest), ought - if confirmed - to suffice to invalidate the whole process.

The fact that the Ministry has failed to produce the minutes of the said meeting but compounds the appearance of impropriety.