perverting the course of justice

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perverting the course of justice

a serious crime of interfering with public justice which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and an unlimited fine. It does not matter whether or not the acts actually result in the course of justice being perverted. The prosecution must show that a course of public justice has been commenced, such as an event from which it can reasonably be expected that an investigation will follow; or investigations which could bring proceedings have already started and are in progress; or proceedings of some kind have been started, or are about to be started.
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In 2003 the CPS agreed there was evidence that various doctors had been negligent or grossly negligent and/or involved in forgery and perversion of the course of justice.
Coleman, 24, admitted a string of charges at Cardiff Crown Court, including actual bodily harm, perversion of the course of justice and intimidation.
Speaking of the likelihood of criminal charges being pursued he said: "If David Cameron means what he says and justice has to follow truth then they have a responsibility today to assess not just the question of unlawful killing but the cover-up and the perversion of the course of justice.
The intellectual climate in which Rogers worked is reflected in his focus on 'maintenance', the perversion of the course of justice by the mighty in favour of their adherents through means of bribery and intimidation.
A close aide of Mr Blair said that he and his former Downing Street colleagues were "massively relieved" at the news that they would apparently not face court over the alleged sale of honours or perversion of the course of justice.
Lord Levy and Ms Turner were also questioned about allegations relating to perversion of the course of justice.
This would amount to the perversion of the course of justice in some situations, were the deception deliberate and made by any other party with olding information.
Former shadow home secretary Andy Burnham told the Commons: "Given that the Independent Police Complaints Commission found evidence of perjury and perversion of the course of justice, and given that in the last month new evidence has emerged from former police officers who were at Orgreave of orchestrated violence and the mass manufacture of police statements, are we right in concluding the establishment stitch-up that she has just announced today is nothing more than a nakedly political act?
He added getting rid of evidence of the eavesdropping arguably amounted to a perversion of the course of justice.
And it concludes: "On all known evidence this looks like a deliberate perversion of the course of justice, and not part of the normal run of judicial error.
Your crime is gravely aggravated by what amounts to a sustained perversion of the course of justice.
A spokesman said four men had been arrested in east London earlier yesterday and were being questioned in connection with an allegation of perversion of the course of justice.