Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Scottish Ministers 'will fight' disclosure of secret legal advice ordering Law Society immunity from Freedom of Information laws

Helena Janssen OSSE - Law Society exempt from FOISecret legal advice ordered Scottish Ministers to keep Law Society exempt from Freedom of Information. BLACKED OUT DOCUMENTS containing secret legal advice issued by taxpayer funded Scottish Government lawyers show that Scottish Ministers WERE ORDERED by the legal profession to allow the Law Society of Scotland to keep its much coveted yet little-talked-about exemption from Freedom of Information legislation. The censored advice, issued by lawyers working for the Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Executive, who are themselves, fully paid up members of the Law Society of Scotland has led to a policy by the present Scottish Government since it was elected in May 2007 to mislead members of the public, consumer groups, law reformers and FOI campaigners on the question of making Scotland’s legal profession accountable under Freedom of Information legislation.

KevindunionScottish FOI Commissioner Kevin Dunion. The so-far secret documents relating to the Scottish Government’s attempts to keep quiet about their involvement with the Law Society/FOI issue, have only now been grudgingly released by the Scottish Government in an attempt to persuade Scottish Information Commissioner Kevin Dunion from ordering the full disclosure of the legal advice, which has led to a policy of misleading the public for several years on the question of making the regulator of Scotland’s legal profession comply with Freedom of Information laws.

Secret papers disclosed during FOI investigation show Scottish Government ‘is afraid’ of Law Society of Scotland’s legal challenge against Freedom of Information compliance.

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The move to keep the Law Society of Scotland free from scrutiny under Freedom of Information legislation will avoid any possibility that clients, the media and the general public could use FOI laws to find out key details of regulatory procedures at the Law Society itself, which are famed for allowing crooked lawyers to continue working no matter what they do to clients, discover actual records of complaints histories of Scottish solicitors, the criminal records of solicitors and staff working in the legal services sector, and also allow clients access to their own personal files held by solicitors, which are often ‘held to ransom’ by solicitors demanding payment before being handed over, in a vastly edited format.

While Scots are forced into the dark chasm of FOI exempt dealings with the Law Society of Scotland, the Law Society of England & Wales while also not FOI compliant, have an open policy of replying to Freedom of Information requests from the public, as I reported earlier, here : Criminal records of lawyers : Scots public kept in dark over convictions while England & Wales get ‘right to know’

Scottish Govt emails on Law Society FOI exemptionEmails between Civil Servants show Scottish Government fear Law Society action against Freedom of Information Scrutiny. A legal insider said last night : "I understand the Law Society warned the current SNP Scottish Executive and the previous administration that it would legally challenge any attempt by Scottish Ministers using Section 5 of the FOI(S) Act to bring them into compliance. The documents now released seem to confirm this.”. He went on : "The civil servants talking about how the Law Society would challenge against any such move, using 'legal privilege' and 'client confidentiality' is very much spot on in terms of what tactics the Law Society would use to prevent itself being made compliant with FOI legislation although I also understand from colleagues that an option of Judicial Review would have been used by the Law Society, should the then Scottish Executive or present Scottish 'Government' have proceeded to bring the Law Society within the scope of FOI."

One Scottish Government civil servant wrote in an email between legal departments : “I am aware that the LSS (Law Society of Scotland) is not subject to the FoI Act and I suppose that any attempt to bring them into line with the spirit of FoI would be resisted on the grounds of legal privilege/client confidentiality.”.

However letters sent out on the authorisation of the Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill to FOI campaigners claimed “No decision have yet been taken as a result of [a consultation on Freedom of Information in Scotland'] and Ministers are currently considering the requirement for any action on the issues considered, including coverage of the [FOI] Act” clearly portraying a deliberate policy by the Scottish Government to mislead the public with regard to FOI issues & the legal profession in Scotland.

Kenny MacAskillScottish Ministers will fight to prevent public knowing why lawyers are exempt from FOI legislation. While the legal advice apparently ordering Scottish Ministers to allow the Law Society of Scotland to keep its exemption from FOI legislation was made during the previous administration, the current SNP controlled Scottish Government have now forcibly warned Scotland's FOI Commissioner, Kevin Dunion, that they will fight to keep the public from knowing that Ministers have in effect been bullied by the Law Society of Scotland into keeping the Scots legal profession free of public scrutiny which would come with FOI compliance.

Law Society & faculty of advocatesLaw Society of Scotland & Faculty of Advocates remain secret, unaccountable to FOI scrutiny. The Law Society of Scotland is one of two key regulators charged with overseeing Scotland's legal profession, the other being the Faculty of Advocates who also enjoy complete immunity from Freedom of Information legislation, making the two regulators of Scotland's legal profession a dangerous unaccountable duo of self regulators who are subject to no oversight other than a passing glance from the beleaguered, scandal hit Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, who have spent the last year rubber stamping investigations into crooked lawyers carried out by the Law Society & the Faculty.

Jane IrvineSLCC Chair, Jane Irvine supports making the Law Society compliant with FOI legislation. Ironically, while the Law Society of Scotland & Faculty of Advocates are both exempt from Freedom of Information, and have threatened the Government to ensure their exemptions remain, the former Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman, Jane Irvine, who was appointed Chair of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, actually supports making the Law Society of Scotland comply with Freedom of Information laws, confirming this in a previous article I reported here : Legal Complaints Chief supports ‘consumer advantages’ of removing Law Society’s Freedom of Info immunity

Challenger 2 in IraqIraq War : SNP MPs badgered for Cabinet Minutes release on war ‘legal advice’ but now SNP Scottish Ministers will use public money to protect Law Society from FOI & fight release of Scottish Govt’s lawyers advice. This fight by the Scottish Government to keep information from the public which involves elements of the Scottish legal profession bullying the Government into submission over FOI protection for the public is in stark contrast to the SNP's position over the FOI battle for release of Cabinet meeting minutes from the Westminster Government in relation to the Iraq war, where, in a similar situation of legal advice against FOI release,UK Government lawyers based in Westminster also argued it would be against the public interest to release the Cabinet Minutes.

The now famous but still secret Cabinet Minutes containing references to the legal advice given to the Government on the legal basis of the war in Iraq, were ordered for release by England's FOI Tribunal which backed the original decision by the Information Commissioner for England & Wales, Richard Thomas, ordering the release of the Westminster Cabinet Minutes. However, Scotland has no FOI Tribunal, therefore the FOI Commissioner, and even applicants to the FOI Commissioner’s office must rely on going to the Court of Session in Edinburgh to force the release of information that Scottish Ministers may resist disclosing to the bitter end.

A senior official with one of Scotland’s consumer organisations branded the Scottish Government’s stance over the legal advice as “a grave mistake” and condemned the lack of attention to a clear public interest in making Scotland’s legal profession’s senior regulator comply with Freedom of Information legislation.

He said : "“The current arrangement consumers face with the regulation of legal services in Scotland, where the Law Society of Scotland & Faculty of Advocates are exempt from FOI legislation, yet the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission is FOI compliant, is not in the public interest.”

He continued : “The public interest would undoubtedly be served if the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty were made to comply with Freedom of Information, but such a move will require action from the Scottish Government. It appears this will never take place, according to the documents which have now been disclosed, and even worse, it appears the Scottish Government have been deliberately misleading public enquiries on this issue for several years.”

Douglas Mill 4Former Law Society Chief Douglas Mill threatened legal challenge against complaints reforming legislation LPLA Act which created the SLCC. This is of course not the first time the Scottish Government have been threatened with legal action by the Law Society of Scotland, where in 2006, during the Scottish Parliament’s consideration of the Legal Profession & Legal Aid Bill, which went onto create the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, the then Law Society Chief Executive, Douglas Mill, threatened a legal challenge against the then Scottish Executive and the Scottish Parliament, claiming that lawyers had a human right to regulate complaints against their colleagues. I reported on that earlier threat of a legal challenge by the Law Society, here : Law Society of Scotland threatens Court challenge against Scottish Executive over LPLA legal reform Bill

A Scottish Government insider commented on his colleague’s frantic discussions over the Law Society & FOI compliance, saying : “The problem here is the many dark secrets of the legal profession will end up being revealed under FOI if they are made to comply with it.”

“If you find out through FOI your lawyer is a habitual crook and has rolled hundreds of clients, you are not going to use them or their firm for anything. I believe it is the desire of the Law Society and the profession to protect their secrets which we are seeing as the Government’s driving force of maintaining an indefinite exemption rather than groundless arguments of client confidentiality."

Clearly, the public interest would be served by making the Law Society of Scotland & Faculty of Advocates compliant with Freedom of Information legislation and continuing the present secrecy which allows both of these powerful regulators to remain outside the law and outside the reach of public scrutiny & accountability is only helping those within the profession who are exploiting such weaknesses for their own benefit against the public and all users of legal services in Scotland.

69 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bloody hell !

Booya ! said...

Alex Salmond was heard to say "Just because we argued for the Iraq advice release doesnt mean we should tell the people of Scotland what we get up to in our spare time protecting bent lawyers so they can give big donations to the SNP !"

btw good posting !

Anonymous said...

Now they are for it.Good.

Anonymous said...

YES !

THE SNP SHOW THEIR TRUE COLOURS PROTECTING THE LAW SOCIETY FROM FREEDOM OF INFO. HOW MUCH IS THE BUNG YOU ARE GETTING FOR DOING THIS YOU LOT ???

Anonymous said...

Why this great effort on the SNP's part to give lawyers an FOI get out clause when we all know they shouldnt have it ?

Anonymous said...

Booya!

Thats for sure.Kenny and his mates cant get enuff of lawyers.I think its they way to enforcing their rule.
Hopefully election soon and out with this crazy bunch of bent over lawyer luvvin numpties !

Anonymous said...

Its a wonder they even released that but as you say this is a tactical move against Dunion ordering full release.

The question is will Dunion do something or bunker down behind rules & regulations too ?

Anonymous said...

Why is the law society not covered by foi ?

Anonymous said...

I say we use Peter's tanks and get our own justice !

Anonymous said...

A very good posting Mr Cherbi and how true your account of the SNP's part over the Iraqi advice affair.Now when the tables are turned its a firmly closed door on legal advice to the Scottish Government.

Peter Cherbi said...

# Anonymous @ 2.22pm

Thats politics ! ... and yes, it certainly puts the SNP's cries over foul at Westminster into perspective ...

# Anonymous @ 2.09pm

An attempt at bunkering down is on the cards, from what I hear ... never know though .. a sudden attack of conscience might see the release being ordered ...

# Anonymous @ 2.10pm

The Law Society is not covered by FOI because it does not want to be covered by FOI, hence the orders from its own member solicitors to the Government to maintain the exemption.

Anonymous said...

I need not ask why you are not writing in a newspaper.Very hard to control you with this kind of info which the legal profession and the govt clearly want buried.Shame on those who aquiesce to such secrecy.
Keep up the fine job you are doing and take my advice - stay independent !

LB

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

I say we use Peter's tanks and get our own justice !

2:16 PM

Excellent suggestion !

Anonymous said...

Didn't think you would reply so fast.

Dunion should order the information to be released.If he doesnt then we know where his loyalties lie.

Anonymous said...

Not releasing the advice will simply fuel the issue and allow Cherbi to torture us about it forever.
Now the shocking part.
Speaking as a solicitor, the Law Society could in my opinion do with a good dose of FOI simply because it would also allow solicitors to ask pertinent questions of those who sit in judgement on the rest of us. That added advantage to FOI seems to have escaped my learned critic Mr Cherbi !

Peter Cherbi said...

# Anonymous @ 2.43pm

Thanks.

# Anonymous @ 3.12pm

If as a solicitor you wish to contact me and support the removal of the Law Society's FOI immunity, I will report on it.

Anonymous said...

“If you find out through FOI your lawyer is a habitual crook and has rolled hundreds of clients, you are not going to use them or their firm for anything."

SPOT ON !!!!!

Anonymous said...

So now we know who runs the country - and its not the hypocrites in the Labour Lib Dem and SNP Parties for sure.

Anonymous said...

Kevin Dunnion is a Gevernment appointee - so don't expect too much there.

Anonymous said...

The valiant Scottish National Party.So concerned about what the legal advice was to Tony Blair over the war in Iraq but now they go all out to give lawyers an immunity from prosecution.

This will ensure I will vote for someone else in the next election.

Anonymous said...

The Law Society are the scum of the earth
They deserve no exempt from foi

Anonymous said...

Whether Dunion allows this or not I'm sure the Law Society must be squirming over the fact its even being talked about.

Peter - Keep rattling their cages my friend !

Anonymous said...

You certainly know your stuff writing all that !

I'm also interested how the Law Society managed to secure imunity from the law and how long has this been going on ?

Anonymous said...

I think the Law Society must hate you for publishing all this

Anonymous said...

BLACKED OUT documents usually (in my book) mean a big f*cking cover up and Mr MacAskill I think you will find most people share that belief !

Well done to the lone star of Scotland's sh*tty legal world who has the b*lls to write about it !

Anonymous said...

Haha ! Poodle Dunion not to the rescue I bet !

Anonymous said...

I certainly do not think lawyers and the Law Society should be allowed immunity from the law in any aspect of it.

Anonymous said...

I certainly do not think lawyers and the Law Society should be allowed immunity from the law in any aspect of it.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the tank suggestion.Tanks Peter more tanks please !

Anonymous said...

Never thought about foi that much although I dont see why lawyers are not covered too.
Protest People ! Protest !

Anonymous said...

I like your bit where MacAskill was sending out letters claiming they were looking into it when the legal advice obviously said "No Way".
Rats the lot of them.

Anonymous said...

Someone said Douglas Mill looked & acted like Mussolini.I think they had something there by the looks of that photo !

Anonymous said...

Clearly you are running circles round the entire legal dept on this and all they can manage is some censored pages ?

Anyone who deals with lawyers in/from Scotland must be a complete headcase !

Anonymous said...

Peter.

I read through your posting and the papers (you?) received from the Scottish Government.

I think their main worry seems to be if the Law Society loses its FOI exemption then others will have to follow who will not be happy to do so.

You have a point though and as far as I am concerned, I support your campaign 100%.

Best Wishes.

Anonymous said...

These civil servants chatting away in emails.What is their speciality for their salary ? Lying ?

Why send out letters saying all that crap when they know nothing will ever be done. What a bunch of bloody wasters they are.

Anonymous said...

A fine example of lawyers having far too much power in a little country.

Anonymous said...

The Law Society and Scottish Ministers are criminals, what a bent system we have in Scotland. Those who legislate and work in our courts belong behind bars, rattlesnakes all of them.

Anonymous said...

People of Scotland remember Salmond is a hypocrite in charge of Scotland's Nazi Party, secret legal advice with the Law Society to deny the Scots justice. Scottish Ministers are poison, and are against all the people of Scotland.

Anonymous said...

Christ these people want us to trust them, and they black out all of these documents. No wonder we are all antipolitics and antilawyer, criminals.

Anonymous said...

I found it impossible to post a comment from the public library, freedom of expression, do the lawyers control the libraries too?

Anonymous said...

For what its worth I dont think Kevin Dunion will dare release this information and you should be wary of lawyers at the OSSE/GLSS.They are a very nasty crowd indeed and will stop at nothing.I'm sure they have already seen this and are plotting a few dirty tricks against you so be warned.

Anonymous said...

MacAskill is just a poodle of the Law Society.He will do anything they ask incuding keeping them out of jail

Anonymous said...

Yes the snp must be getting a big bung to keep lawyers out of jail now we see the real evidence

Anonymous said...

These are the same bastards that started sending us threatenign letters when we tried to get a lawyer to represent my daughter against NHS Lothian for overdosing her medicine 22 times while she was in hospital Out lawyer got a copy of one of their GLSS lettesrs to the hospital telling them to deny everything so they do it to all not just youir foi

Peter Cherbi said...

# Anonymous @ 11.12am

I presume you are/were suing the Hospital for negligence and the GLSS intervened on the side of the Hospital ?

Please contact me.

# Anonymous @ 10.54pm

Yes, I agree ...

# Anonymous @ 12.34am

Indeed, yes ...

# Anonymous @ 8.10am

Thanks for the warning and yes I know all about how dirty the OSSE and lawyers working for the Government can be.

# Anonymous @ 6.53pm

Thanks.

# Anonymous @ 4.40pm

Yes, precisely ...

Thanks for all your comments everyone. I think this obstructive, destructive attitude by the Scottish Government in giving the legal profession carte blanche to do as they please, without scrutiny is a good enough demonstration it is unsafe to deal with a Scottish solicitor on any level.

Giving something like an FOI immunity to a profession which is thoroughly corrupt and uses self regulation as a weapon against the public, is a clear indication that any offence committed by a solicitor against a client, will always be covered up.

Anonymous said...

Scotland seems now to be run by gangster lawyers and gangster politicians.Time for everyone to jump ship and leave them to feed off each other instead of all of us.
SCUM !

Oh and that poor person who wrote about their daughter being overdosed I hope the lawyer who told the nhs killers to deny it gets @#%%&&&& @##$$&&

Anonymous said...

yes Peter this is an absolute disgrace and I cant stand lawyers either

Anonymous said...

People of Scotland, we can trust no lawyer, or law firm, they want to keep the MUCK that the Law Society is covered up.

These people talk about justice, when they are as bent as the back road to Argyle. Secretive criminals licenced by their practicing certificates to rob you and ruin your life. Please check my next comment is you ever want to sue your employer. You have no chance.

Keep putting their blood pressures up Peter, we hate the legal establishment as much as they hate you.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
WARNING TO ALL EMPLOYEES, YOUR GP AND LAWYER WILL NOT TELL YOU THIS SO THEY CAN MAKE LEGAL AID MONEY. THE TAXPAYER PAYS LEGAL AID FOR DOCTORS AND LAWYERS TO COVER UP WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU.

If you try to sue your employer when your injuries are not visible this will happen.

Your GP, all consultants you see who prepare medical reports, your lawyer and your employer will be insured by MARSH UK Royal & Sun Alliance.

These people will lie in medical reports, your GP will state you have mental health issues even if you have never seen a psychiatrist.

How can they do this and get away with it?

If you complain to NHS Primary Care they will protect your GP, and all NHS consultants.

If you complain to The Law Society of Scotland/Scottish Legal Complaints Commission they will protect your lawyer.

If you complain to the General Medical Council they will protect all doctors.

If you could eventually prove in a court of law these people have lied, covered up what has happened to you, you will NEVER GET TO COURT, because,

You will need a lawyer to take your case who is a paid up member of the Law Society of Scotland.

All lawyers are insured by Royal & Sun Alliance, so they will not seek damages for you for two reasons,

Professional loyalty.

Lawyers insurers would put their premiums up if they have to pay damages to you. ALL OF THESE PEOPLE ARE CRIMINALS YOU CANNOT BEAT THROUGH OUR CURRENT LEGAL SYSTEM.

If you have been injured at work, and your injuries were not visible, your GP and all of the above have covered up what happened to you TO PROTECT THEIR OWN INSURANCE COMPANIES. THIS IS WHY EMPLOYERS ARE ALWAYS INSURED BY MARSH UK ROYAL & SUN ALLIANCE BECAUSE THEY KNOW IN LITIGATION OTHER PROFESSIONALS INSURED BY THE SAME COMPANY WILL COVER UP WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU THE EMPLOYEE.

I ask Scotland's litigation lawyers and doctors to challenge this statement, provide evidence it is untrue, you mendacious criminals.

Anonymous said...

Giving something like an FOI immunity to a profession which is thoroughly corrupt and uses self regulation as a weapon against the public, is a clear indication that any offence committed by a solicitor against a client, will always be covered up.
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CORRECT PETER HOW CAN WE HAVE A JUSTICE SYSTEM THAT IS ABOUT JUSTICE IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES.

Anonymous said...

"Booya!"

Yes.Two faces & two bellies Salmond is proving his lack of worth to Scotland by giving lawyers the out to do what they want to us.
Vote this censoring twister out asap!

Anonymous said...

reading this is really turning me angry about lawyers why the hell do they get an immunity its pure evil

Anonymous said...

BBC NEWS

I WONDER HOW MANY LAWYERS HELPED THEM PETER?

Church and state authorities colluded to cover up child abuse.

A damning report into clerical child abuse in the Dublin archdiocese has criticised the Church authorities for covering up the abuse.

The report investigated how Church and state authorities handled allegations of child abuse against 46 priests.

It found that the Church placed its own reputation above the protection of children in its care. SOME CHRISTIANS EH?

JUST LIKE THE LAW SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND AND SCOTTISH MINISTERS DO WITH CLIENTS.

Anonymous said...

I was told to read your blog Mr Cherbi. I will never trust any lawyer now, even though I have not dealt with the legal establishment before.

Anonymous said...

BBC NEWS

New questions are unveiled for Scotland's next census.
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No questions will be about Scotland's crooked lawyers and ministers. The Law Society controls everything just like the Reichstag in 1940.

Anonymous said...

Iraq War : SNP MPs badgered for Cabinet Minutes release on war ‘legal advice’ but now SNP Scottish Ministers will use public money to protect Law Society from FOI & fight release of Scottish Govt’s lawyers advice.
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This is typical Peter of political double standards. Scottish lawyers must be wrapped in cotton wool, but fry those at Westminster over the Iraq war.

I did not agree with the Iraq war. I remember an Iraq'i man holding a little boy killed in a bombing raid. That little boy was every bit as important as my children and everyone else's children. They play their political games, ruin lives and then expose each other and cover up at the same time.

Politicians want to maximise benefits for themselves, minimise scandal and wash their hands of the most needy. No wonder the world is entering the sphere of antipolitics. Falling electoral turnout in the western democracies is evidence of that. More people are becoming dissenters because there is a rabid mistrust of governments. I would send the politicians and lawyers to fight against terrorism, spill their blood, then they may think twice.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

These are the same bastards that started sending us threatenign letters when we tried to get a lawyer to represent my daughter against NHS Lothian for overdosing her medicine 22 times while she was in hospital Out lawyer got a copy of one of their GLSS lettesrs to the hospital telling them to deny everything so they do it to all not just youir foi
11:12 AM
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The NHS are every bit as corrupt as the Law Society of Scotland/SLCC.

I have said before that doctors would murder patients who could damage the doctors reputation. Look at the one in England who got a secretary pregnant and got jailed for putting drugs into her coffee to induce a miscarrage. He wanted to protect his reputation, how will the woman tell her son, or daughter the father was jailed for this. All doctors have a dark Josef Mengele side to their personalities, and it must come from their training. All Shipman's.

NHS South Lanarkshire is totally GP loving, and it will be the same across the UK.

Doctors and lawyers can lie on oath, and never get prosecuted. They, the sheriffs, advocates, procurator fiscals are a criminal cartel supported by Royal Sun Alliance.

Anonymous said...

I agree with everyone ! Salmond can take that black ink and shove it right up .....

Anonymous said...

I ask all people who have complained to their NHS Primary Care service about a doctor to let us know how they were treated.

The NHS Primary Care and The Law Society are the same, cover up criminals.

Doctors and lawyers keep working, self regulation protects the crooks and makes sure that other clients and patients are at risk.

Anonymous said...

Surprising revelation.
And the Law Society wonders why it is so hated ? Idiots.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

reading this is really turning me angry about lawyers why the hell do they get an immunity its pure evil
2:57 PM

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TO THE PERSON WHO LEFT THE ABOVE COMMENT, PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW SO THEY CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THESE CRIMINALS, LAWYERS, DOCTORS, ACCOUNTANTS SELF REGULATING CROOKS WITH THE POWER OF A DESPOT.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

reading this is really turning me angry about lawyers why the hell do they get an immunity its pure evil
2:57 PM

The answer to your question is that the legal system has evolved this way, but it cannot stay this way. They are the lowest filth in society like paedophiles.

Anonymous said...

Great stuff ! Alex Salmond fights to defend the legal profession once again ! What a bloody crock of sh*t him and his pack are !

The Scottish Government - always good for blacking out the facts to protect the evil among us said...

One less to worry about (yipee) and no doubt MacAskill would keep this case blacked out too :

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2009/12/01/exclusive-scots-lawyer-stabs-himself-then-jumps-to-his-death-from-erskine-bridge-after-child-abuse-charges-86908-21863985/


Exclusive: Lawyer stabs himself then jumps to his death from Erskine Bridge after child abuse charges

Dec 1 2009 Mark McGivern

A WELL-KNOWN lawyer accused of child sex crimes stabbed himself in the stomach before jumping to his death from a bridge.

Father-of-two Paul O'Neill, 45, leapt from the Erskine Bridge near Glasgow two days after he appeared in court charged with two sex offences against a young girl.

A police insider revealed last night that a stab wound was found on O'Neill's body.

The source added: "It seems that, given his very high social status and his family background, he could not face the court proceedings that lay ahead of him."

O'Neill, a Scots advocate who practised on the Isle of Man, appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court in Lanarkshire on Wednesday last week.

He made no plea to two charges of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour and was bailed. The alleged offences dated back to 1994.

Be careful voters of Scotland.The Scottish Government (whoever controls it) want to black out everything about crooked and perverted kiddie fiddling lawyers !

Anonymous said...

What a disgrace ! Why are the SNP now so eager to protect crooked lawyers that are ripping off their clients ???

Anonymous said...

Innocent men do not jump off bridges they stand and fight.

I am delighted this guy is dead, he cannot harm any more youngsters, poetic justice. We do not have to pay our taxes to keep the filthy low life in prison.

Anonymous said...

Disgusting and VERY SINISTER that Salmond and teh SNP protect the Law Society.
and I bet they will use taxpayers money to stop the release of the info.BASTARDS!

Anonymous said...

I am continually surprised you are still around to write this stuff after what happened to Dr Kelly who blew the whole Iraq war out the window with just one comment
Given the legal profession are as evil as I read here and in the papers I wouldn't be surprised if you were found in the woods one day due to Law Society backed murderers who have probably struck before ..

Peter Cherbi said...

# Anonymous @ 4.48pm

Well, if it happens ... you will know who to blame.