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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Coslett, from Valley View Road in Abertillery, denied two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice, but was found guilty by a jury after trial.
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.
But between February 7 and February 10 at Wrexham police station and at Flintshire magistrates' court at Mold, with intent to pervert the course of justice, he gave his brother's details when he was arrested and booked into the custody suite, when he was charged and when he appeared in court.
However, the 58-year-old admitted in court to doing an act tending or intending to pervert the course of justice between March 12 2003 and May 21 2003.
Detectives handed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service setting out evidence they believe proves Huhne is guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice and speeding in his car.
Those arrested were: [bar] A 27-year-old man arrested in suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation; [bar] A 27-year-old man and a 19-year-old man, both on suspicion of possession of a firearm, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation and suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs; [bar] A 53-year-old woman a 48-year-old man and a 49-year-old man, all on suspicion of money laundering, and [bar] A 22-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation.