Libel Juries: How Tim Yeo and Mr Justice Warby buried the Seven Bishops – Alan Richards

3 09 2014

The_Seven_Bishops_committed_to_the_Tower_in_1688_from_NPGIt is ironic – and perhaps a little shocking – that an early high-profile beneficiary of the abolition of the right for juries to try libel cases in England and Wales should be a Member of Parliament – one who will doubtless have supported the Defamation Act 2013 that removed the long-standing right. So, step forward Tim Yeo, who will not (thanks to the new law and a sympathetic judge) have 12 jurors facing him in court who need to be persuaded that he did not show willingness “to abuse his position in Parliament to further his own financial and business interests in preference to the public interest“.* Read the rest of this entry »