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The BBC reports that the Attorney-General has obtained an injunction against BBC News, preventing it from broadcasting a story about the cash-for-honours enquiry. What is the story? Nick Robinson, the BBC political editor, cannot say, for fear of going to jail.

Guido Fawkes, an assiduous cheerleader for Deputy Chief Constable Yates, who has led the enquiry, claims it has to do with an incriminating email - the 'smoking gun'.

Blogger prisonlawinsideout claims, on what authority I do not know, that the email incriminates Ruth Turner. On the other hand, Iain Dale, who claims to know the identity of the person in question, has tagged his post 'Lord Levy' - leading some commenters to draw certain conclusions.

I have only two observations on all this.

1 However much the A-G seeks to keep the story, whatever it is, quiet, he will fail. It will be all over the Web in a week.

2 The verb from injunction is not 'injunct'; it is 'enjoin'. So the BBC has not been injuncted, it has been enjoined.


jailhouselawyer said...

The email concerns Lord Levy which Ruth Turner did not know about, allegedly, but further police inquiries produced a different version. Yates is not interested in wasting police time. When a statement is made under caution, and the person given the opportunity to make a clean breast of it fails to do so and does not give a satisfactory answer, then it is attempting to pervert the course of justice. She might try the old amnesia trick...

lost said...

Thanks for the elucidation. As ever, it is the cover-up, not the crime, that brings them down....

jailhouselawyer said...

Latest update at my place is, well, I think you will find it interesting.