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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He will not say or do anything that might pervert the course of justice; he cannot have his tongue bound even 'in the throat of death.' With his accusers he will only fence and play, as he had fenced with other 'improvers of youth,' answering the Sophist according to his sophistry all his life long.
Police have now confirmed that two men - aged 18 and 22 - have been arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to the trial proceedings.
A FORMER Anglesey councillor has appeared in court charged with sexual assault and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
In an email to her lawyer this week, copied to the Daily Mail, she said that police "have found zero evidence and not even a suggestion that I or others have been involved in an attempt to pervert the course of justice".
A man has admitted trying to pervert the course of justice by pretending to police he was someone else.
Now Burke has been jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years after being found guilty of murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. His ex-girlfriend Katie Maguire, 31, of Bewicke Road, was convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and admitted producing cannabis.
LIVERPOOL council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation.
Wheatley, 29, and Imray, 35, have admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and Imray has admitted doing acts intended to pervert the course of justice.
A WEST Midlands Police officer has been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice after an alleged road rage incident.
Mrs Brooks was found |not guilty of conspiracy to hack voicemails, two counts of conspiracy to pay public officials and two counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice Former News of the |World managing editor Stuart Kuttner (right) was found not guilty of conspiring to hack voicemails Cheryl Carter (left), |Charlie Brooks and News International's former head of security Mark Hanna were cleared of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice The jury is continuing to |consider misconduct in public office charges against Coulson and former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman.
Simon Orme, a specialist lawyer from the CPS, said: "To prove an offence of perverting the course of justice the prosecution would need to demonstrate that the failure to document the potential theft was a deliberate act intended to pervert the course of justice.
Kelly denies conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Four alleged clients deny perverting the course of justice.