Posted on January 27, 2011 by bigrab
My legal eagle friends think that the three year sentence handed down to Tommy Sheridan was an impossible one to appeal against.
One friend put it thus:
‘There would be a definite risk of it being increased, perhaps substantially, in the appeal court. It does not have the appearance of being vindictive, and yet it properly punishes a serious crime. It is, therefore, about right.’
The BBC has published Sheridan’s speech of mitigation which perhaps highlights and articulates the personal tragedy of the case better than anything else.
On reading through the document though, I was struck by the following sentence (sic) at the bottom of page 20
‘A 12 WEEK TRIAL TOOK ITS TOLL ON MY HEALTH AND ON MY PIECE OF MIND’
Unfortunately there is no explanation which piece.
One can only wonder, marvel indeed at the continued Wynettesque support provided to Tommy by his wife Gail who contended after the sentencing that the reason that Tommy had ended up in his current predicament because he ‘opposed inequality with every beat of his heart.’
And so this extraordinary circus reaches its finale.
Now for the phone hacking trial(s)
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Posted on January 26, 2011 by bigrab
On the day Tommy Sheridan is due to be sentenced having been found guilty of perjury, BBC Scotland are broadcasting a half hour drama about the case at 3:30 this afternoon:
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Posted on October 8, 2010 by bigrab
The Legal department here at the BLFP tell me that in their considered opinion the Sheridan trial may not last as long as everyone previously thought. This is down to a principle of prosecution known as a ‘sufficiency of evidence’. In other words if half a dozen or so witnesses basically corroborate each others’ version of events with no major discrepancies, the prosecution may not wish to risk calling many more witnesses. The more witnesses, the more opportunity for a smart defence counsel to gradually pick holes and inconsistencies in the various different accounts of the same events, thus establishing doubt in the minds of jurors.
Even if the prosecution offer no more evidence or call any more witnesses, the defence are quite at liberty to do so, but this in itself can be a risky strategy particularly as it throws the initiative to an already weakened animal.
The smart money is on the prosecution calling Katrina Trolle and Anvar Khan and then reaching a sufficiency of evidence for the case.
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