Thursday 27 November 2008

A truly extraordinary move

If Damian Green hasn't done anything more than receive documents for a reason, this is going to be interesting. Why is the alleged offence Misconduct in Public Office? That is a wide charge - but a very serious one with a massive burden of proof (for the state in this case).

These are the charging guidelines:

Like perverting the course of justice, misconduct in public office covers a wide range of conduct. It should always be remembered that it is a very serious, indictable only offence carrying a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. A charge of misconduct in public office should be reserved for cases of serious misconduct or deliberate failure to perform a duty which is likely to injure the public interest.

The only interesting thing about this charge is the trail of paperwork and communication leading back to the complaint.

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