Thursday, August 18, 2005

UK criminal justice system - very incompetent or very corrupt?


In the United Kingdom, the criminal justice system appears to very incompetent or very corrupt or both.

1. Are the criminals being caught and dealt with?

According to Nick Davies in the Guardian, on 17 August 2005, "the system is bringing justice in only 3% of offences committed.",13733,1550555,00.html

In other words, the vast majority of criminals are getting away with it.

The few that do get dealt with are often the inadequate losers.

2. Are the courts efficient?

According to Davies, in the Guardian, "courts continue to experience delays."

24% of prisoners are not delivered to court on time;

52% of civilian witnesses come to court and do not give evidence;

64% of prosecution witnesses come to court and do not give evidence.

Files of evidence provided by police to prosecutors are on time and up to quality in only 43% of cases;

and the preparation by prosecutors is effective in only 60% of cases.

3. What happens to those who are found guilty?

According to Davies:

Forty-four per cent of fines are unpaid;

up to 40% of community punishments are unserved.

3. Can the police be trusted?

Police Corruption in UK at "Third World Levels" 10/02/98.

The British Newspaper "The Telegraph" reported that it was in possession of a confidential document containing the minutes of a meeting organized by the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS).

In attendance were "10 of Britain's most senior officers and policy makers."

The document states that "corrupt officers exist throughout the UK police service" and that the NCIS' intelligence director indicated during the meeting that "Corruption may have reached 'Level 2', the situation which occurs in some third world countries."

The document blames the drug trade and the vast amounts of cash inherent in the black market for the enormous level of corruption. It states, in part that "The enormous volume of money that is available to... drug importers and dealers means that very large sums can be offered to corrupt officers. Criminals are willing to pay to ensure their ability to operate."

Killed by the police?

Simon Hattenstone, in the Guardian, 18 August 2005, wrote about the police:,16141,1551418,00.html

"....there have been more than 1,000 deaths in police custody in Britain in the past 30 years - most involving restraint, either in the cells or during arrest - and many of these people have subsequently been demonised..."

The case of Ray Mallon:

November 20, 1996 - Ray Mallon becomes the new head of Middlesbrough CID and takes the extraordinary step of pledging to quit if he fails to slash the crime rate by 20 per cent.

August 6, 1997 - Nine months into the job and his pledge to cut crime appears to be working as figures plummet towards the key 20 per cent mark.

December 1, 1997 - Detective Superintendent Mallon is suspended by Assistant Chief Constable Robert Turnbull, the force's disciplinary officer. He vows to clear his name after allegations he leaked information about a police corruption investigation - Operation Lancet...

February 3, 1998 - A 30,000-name petition demanding the reinstatement of Det Supt Mallon is handed to the Home Office.

March 12, 1998 - Cleveland Police launches a new inquiry into Det Supt Mallon over his expenses and movements since his suspension on December 1.

April 16, 1998 - A vote of no-confidence is passed in Cleveland's Chief Constable Barry Shaw over his handling of the Mallon saga, at a packed public meeting in Middlesbrough.

November 24, 1998 - Det Supt Mallon is cleared of fiddling his expenses.

April 20, 1999 - Det Supt Mallon is cleared of wrongdoing in his relationship with the media.

July 9, 1999 - Calls are made for the police corruption inquiry to be wound up after it is revealed that some of the investigating officers are under investigation themselves. Ashok Kumar, MP for South Middlesbrough and East Cleveland, says the situation is turning into farce with public credibility in Cleveland Police now seriously at risk.

December 1, 1999 - Det Supt Mallon marks the second anniversary of his suspension with a scathing attack on the Police Complaints Authority which, he claims, smeared him. He predicts the investigation will end without criminal charges being laid against him, and he calls on Jack Straw to instigate a public inquiry so that the main players can be called to account.

February 10, 2000 - Det Supt Mallon acknowledges that he may never be allowed to return to policing, even if he is cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

June 15, 2000 - MP Dari Taylor, member for Stockton South, claims Cleveland Police is losing public support.

June 20, 2000 - Crown Prosecution Service announces there will be no prosecution of Det Supt Mallon as there is insufficient evidence.

June 23, 2000 - Det Supt Mallon challenges his bosses to reinstate him.

August 8, 2000 - Det Supt Mallon makes a formal complaint to the Home Secretary that senior officers have conspired to pervert the course of justice. He asks solicitors to write to Jack Straw alleging the conspiracy against him. Members of Det Supt Mallon's legal team say they have compiled evidence to back the claims.

September 12, 2000 - Cleveland Police are accused of "scraping the barrel" to find 14 disciplinary charges against Det Supt Mallon. The Police Complaints Authority reveals it will charge Det Supt Mallon with 14 unspecified offences later in the week.

December 22, 2000 - The CPS reveals there will be no criminal charges arising from Operation Dollar, an investigation into Cleveland Police by West Yorkshire Police, into allegations made by Det Supt Mallon.

June 7, 2001 - The Cleveland officer whose allegations triggered the suspension of Det Supt Mallon is dismissed. Det Insp Russ Daglish, together with Det Con Brendon Whitehead, was sacked following a disciplinary hearing.

August 10, 2001 - Ray Mallon announces his intention to quit and seek election as Mayor of Middlesbrough.

September 28, 2001 - Sir John Hoddinott, who was leading a Home Office investigation into police corruption in the local area, is found dead in his hotel room.

January 3, 2002 - Det Supt Mallon is named Man of the Year 2001 by listeners of Radio Cleveland


1 comment:


Inasmuch as this government and the culture that supports it has become over time a murderous oppressor of people and nations and at the same time continue to engage in high crimes and misdemeanors against all of the world's inhabitants, I cannot in good faith consent to its rule.

Consent of the Governed

At one time in my life when I was younger and more trusting in those leaders who ruled the nation, I consented to the government’s handling of social, political, and economic affairs and my role in such activities. I impliedly accepted the idea that authority vested in the agencies of government was somewhat sanctified in that all of the people must for the benefit of the world and in pursuit of peace recognize law and public policy standards as outlined by all appropriate agencies of government.

Inasmuch as government has now become unduly oppressive, murderous and inhumane (as evidenced in part by an uninterrupted string of local and global atrocities and crimes against humanity over the past century) I can no longer give my consent to be ruled by the illegitimate authority that calls itself the United States of America.
From my personal experience I find that the criminal and civil laws of this nation (and the cultural standards that support them) are impossible to honor in many instances because they are secret in their making, arbitrary in their enforcement and insufferably oppressive in their application. Such obscure laws, standards and secret rules are used by political fiat to imprison and to destroy lives of people in a kind of game where prosecutor, defense attorney, judge and citizenry all conspire to ruin, imprison or kill the individual for alleged offenses that do not approach in severity the crimes and unlawfully brutal tactics used against them by their detractors; neither do the actual offenses alleged against a person generally compare in degree of severity to the crimes committed against him by the accusers. Those government agents (and their paid killers in uniform or in the private sector) who seek to selectively apply their contrived and illegitimate rule of law against unsuspecting citizens now advance against the people with unwarranted malice, tortuous brutality, and advanced cruel weaponry.

No free man who yet has an ounce of will power and self-respect may therefore submit to the completely out of control government of the United States of America. Any judgment or levy against any citizen or resident of the United States by any current officer of the three branches of government, or by any administrative agency thereof, is by definition corrupt, devoid of legitimacy and intolerable to men and women of good conscience because those who (with evil intent, malice aforethought and wickedly selfish heart) wield the bloody ax of law against our people are the real criminals far more dangerous and threatening to humanity than the millions of men and women imprisoned under Nazi like orders of this hideous regime.

In good conscience and by the remaining will power afforded by Providence I do not give my consent to be ruled by the present United States government because it is a global murderous and criminal enterprise bent on world inhumane domination at any cost.

geral sosbee

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