Holy Moly - Post Office are contacting 540 criminalised Subpostmasters and others whose convictions might be unsafe. Given it prosecuted 736 and 45 have already had their convictions overturned we’re now into slam dunk biggest potential miscarriage of justice ever.
The Post Office legal team in 2013/4 need to be looking at themselves, including Chris Aujard, Rodric Williams (still at the PO) and Jarnail Singh. The CK Sift Review produced clear evidence of a couple of dozen potentially unsafe prosecutions in 2014.
That information was kept SECRET from MPs and the Justice for Subpostmasters Alliance. As I said a couple of days back - had that information been given to MPs and campaigners, then hundreds more prosecuted Subpostmasters would at least...
… have the opportunity to find out if their convictions were unsafe. By failing to inform MPs and campaigners of the existence of the Clarke Advice or CK Sift review the Post Office was possibly perverting the course of justice. Don’t forget the ONLY reason the CCRC felt...
… able to refer any cases to the Court of Appeal was because of the judgments in the Bates v Post Office civil case which the Post Office fought tooth and nail by chucking millions and trying to make it go away (including trying to have the judge removed)...
The Post Office, as recently as 2015 was not telling the truth about remote access to the Horizon computer system. As recently as 2019 it was trying to claim it had the legal right to treat its Subpostmasters “arbitrarily, irrationally or capriciously” - (which is how...
… Lord Justice Coulson came to describe its attitude as reminiscent of a "a mid-Victorian factory-owner.”)

… it sent legal threats to journalists, at least one man to his death (after the problems with Horizon were well known at BOARD level)...
… and now it’s coming clean on something it should have been doing the moment the Second Sight Interim Report was published on 8 July 2013.

Instead, for whatever reason - and I can only assume it was money - it decided to cover up the results of the initial legal...
… investigation into the implications of the Interim Report, which had the effect of potentially denying hundreds of Subpostmasters justice because the Subpostmaster did know their convictions might be unsafe, but the Post Office did.

That, my friends, is where we are at. I...
… will now put that or words to that effect in a blog post. In the meantime, @Karlfl has done it the other way round for @ComputerWeekly - read his report here: computerweekly.com/news/252500406…
@Karlfl @ComputerWeekly Full story - 540 MORE prosecutions could be unsafe:
Includes comment from former barrister Lord Arbuthnot calling for police investigation into PO execs.

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5 May
Legal twitter.

The Post Office kept the Clarke Advice (which advised Gareth Jenkins should no longer be used to give evidence as to the efficacy of Horizon based on the fact he appeared not to have disclosed to the courts bugs he disclosed to Second Sight) secret from...
MPs, campaigners and the public.

The Clarke advice begat the Cartwright King Sift Review which uncovered the possibility that a couple of dozen prosecutions may be unsafe.

This too was kept from MPs, campaigners and the public.

… the reasons why this not disclosed, was because this was privileged information.

I am told there is no privilege in iniquity. Now I’m getting on shaky ground, but bear with...
Read 7 tweets
26 Apr
And still Paula Vennells fails to answer the question - how did she fail so badly? What did she know?

Here are a series of posts I have written about her role in the scandal to date.

The ballad of Paula Vennells - before the first High Court verdict:

Vennells leaves the Post Office in the middle of the High Court action.

May 2019 - "And with that - she was gone":

The Panorama episode where Ms Vennells refused to answer any questions on her role in the scandal:

Read 16 tweets
23 Apr
We are at the Royal Courts of Justice to find out whether 42 Subpostmasters prosecuted by the Post Office will have their criminal convictions quashed. Thread follows...
After a Court Of Appeal hearing in March, three judges will hand down their ruling. 39 appellants are not being opposed by the Post Office.

There were lots of Subpostmasters (and cameras) outside court this morning. It is a glorious day, but...
... it's hard for the appellants to sum up their mood. Many told me they havent slept. Some have been crying yet because many are seeing each other for the first time in a while there are smiles.
Read 103 tweets
25 Mar
Good morning and welcome to Day of R v Hamilton and others at the Court of Appeal. Today we will hear argument for and against the three appellants referred by the CCRC to the court. The Post Office is opposing their appeals. Live-tweet thread to follow.
Yesterday’s court report and all three previous days transcripts can be found here:
All my work this week is crowdfunded. If you find any of the stuff of the website useful there is an option to contribute here:

… rewards include a forthcoming book on the scandal and access to the “secret” email - sent on an irregular basis when there are interesting things happening as the story moves through the courts, inquiry and parliament.
Read 188 tweets
25 Mar
NEW: Johnny Depp has FAILED in his application to appeal the libel judgment which found The Sun newspaper’s allegation he engaged in domestic violence against Amber Heard was “substantially true”.
Mr Depp will not be able to take his legal case further on this issue and the High Court judgment of Mr Justice Nicol stands.
Today’s ruling will be posted shortly (if it’s not already) on the judiciary website here:

Read 10 tweets
25 Mar
Just remembered after several hours slaving over it I forgot to tweet my report from the court of appeal yesterday.


If a tree falls…

I am on my way to court 71 of the Royal Courts of Justice to hopefully pick up the Depp v NGN ruling on Mr Depp’s application to appeal the High Court libel judgment against him. Then it will be a question of legging it to court 4 for the resumption of the CoA Subpostmasters...
… hearing.

If Johnny Depp’s application fails, that is the end of the legal road for him in this country on whether or not The Sun’s article, which called him a “wife-beater” is substantially true.
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