Everything that is wrong with our legal system seems to be manifesting itself right now.
The police are going flat out to convict celebrities for ancient misdeeds; the CPS do not appear to know the difference between right and wrong or what is in (or not in) the public interest, and the courts, with increasing levels of inconsistency, seem to think out-and-out criminals, and people with foreign sounding names, should be protected at all costs whilst some unfortunates who have committed fairly minor offences are made to experience the full force of the law.
The current revelations in the Ellison report into the Stephen Lawrence case suggests that the Metropolitan Police has corrupt officers (or ex-officers) in their ranks. This comes as no surprise to anyone who watches their activities. Although there are many good, honest coppers, there is a higher-than-acceptable number of corrupt officers. And there have been for many years, not just in the Met but probably in all police forces around the country.
One ex-Detective Sergeant who was closely associated with the Lawrence murder investigation currently lives out his retirement in Menorca having been given a medical discharge from the Met in March 1998, just one month before he was due to face a disciplinary panel. According to the London Evening Standard, he was under suspicion of acting corruptly before and after the Lawrence case yet, despite the Commanding Officer of his section warning his superiors in writing that the disgraced officer was attempting to avoid the Discipline Board, he was allowed to go and take his police pension with him, possibly also an injury award. This happens far too often and, if nothing else, shows that corruption reaches the highest levels of the police force.
This same ex-police officer was previously suspected of involvement in the Daniel Morgan murder in 1987 – a crime which, to this day, remains unsolved. Daniel, a private investigator, was about to expose the true extent of police corruption but he never got the chance. He was found in a pub car park in south-east London with an axe in his head. (If you Google ‘Daniel Morgan’ you will find some astonishing information.)
Naturally, the people with the most to gain from Daniel Morgan’s death were the corrupt officers who were about to be exposed. They also had links to the criminal underworld so other people came under suspicion. Despite five subsequent enquiries no-one was ever brought to book, though one enquiry, conducted by another police force, did reveal that no police involved. How convenient, especially when you know the lengths the police will go to to cover for one of their officers!
One thing is sure, corruption does not stop with the police, the CPS is tainted, it extends to the civil service, to government, and to the judiciary. And a combination of all these factors suggests that true justice is virtually impossible unless this scourge is destroyed.
Will it happen? I have my doubts. As the police prove quite regularly, it is quite easy to have accidents where crucial evidence is shredded or destroyed by other means. There are too many crooks serving in the police force, even some with criminal records. The bad pennies must be rooted out and punished and a good starting point is to have no serving officers with criminal records.