Well said sir, but…


'Money-grabbing': Detective Inspector Bob Campany has hit out at defence lawyers advising clients not to commentDetective Inspector Bob Campany

A senior police officer  yesterday led a stinging attack on ‘money-grabbing’ defence lawyers – comparing them to robbers.

Detective Inspector Bob Campany criticised solicitors who encouraged clients to say ‘no comment’ in a police interview – even when they wanted to give their account to police.

He claimed the lawyers were keen for defendants to stand trial so they could pocket enormous fees. 

‘Years ago, robbers would attend the Old Bailey wearing suits, and they still do, but too often now they masquerade as defence lawyers,’ he said.

The officer has spent 30 years in the Metropolitan Police, and has been investigating murders since the early 1980s.

He believes the scales of justice have tilted too far in favour of defendants.

Mr Campany made the unusual attack without fear of censure from his superiors because he is about to retire at the end of the month.

 

I think this an interesting story, but not for the reasons the papers explore…

For me, the two interesting points are:

Interviews are useless… I mean why do them? They waste time and money… let the court question them-when they are legally required to answer… or put that requirement into PACE…

and…

What does it say about the culture of fear in the Police that he wouldn’t speak out until his LAST MONTH in the job?

Why does Gadget, 200-weeks, Thin blue, et all and yours truly have secret identities?

We would be in MASSIVE trouble… that’s why…

You know what Big Brother thinks of people the commit ‘thought-crime’…

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13 responses to “Well said sir, but…

  1. I assume he won’t be re-training as a legal rep like a lot of ex-job do?
    Can’t agree not not interviewing though.You cant have an alibi sprung at trial with no chance to rebut it.I think juries hate no comment interviews as a lot of people think “nothing to hide then tell the truth”.
    I can’t wait for my last month so I can go public with my views!

  2. Lots of times. They wait and see if the witnesses turn up,get a nod from the CPS about pleading to a lesser charge and bob’s your uncle-a guilty plea.

  3. Dont feel so special, lots of people blow the whistle and then find they are suddenly surplus to requirements. See ex teacher Ms. Birbalsingh for one.

  4. NotbarlowEither

    I am a retired Met Officer.
    I am a Solicitor Advocate specialising in Crime and Child Law.
    I am also a Duty Solicitor so I am regularly representing suspects at Police Stations, Magistrates’ Courts and Crown Courts. Because of the damaging effect of a S34 Direction from a judge, I very rarely advise clients to go No Comment. In fact if they have done it I advise them to admit it in interview and get maximum credit for their guilty plea at court.
    In actual fact a No Comment interview must assist the prosecution because of the risk of adverse inferences.
    Any lawyer advising a person to have a trial when a plea of guilty is appropriate is failing the client but some clients despite a careful analysis of the evidence and advice about credit for a guilty plea insist on having a trial.
    In my own time I give talks to police officers aimed at avoiding some of the awful mistakes which I regularly see officers having made which lead to cases being discontinued or juries leaving court no doubt thinking that the police are incompetent.
    Do your jobs properly and you will slam the door in my face.

    • Wow… you ARE busy…

      It’s somewaht irrelevant wht is said in the interview-even admissions are not accepted without supporting evidence…

      and…

      Since the vast majority of people don’t go to prison anyway…does it matter?

  5. NotbarlowEither

    having just type a long comment I am not sure it has gone in.
    What I wanted to say was that as a retired Police Officer now re-qualified as a Solicitor Advocate and Duty Solicitor. DI Campany does not describe anything which I see in my daily practice. I personally hate no comment interviews. Since I regularly defend people in the Crown Court I know all to well the damaging effect of a s34 Direction. Likewise if the evidence is strong against a client i advise them to enter an early plea of guilty and cop the credit. But if they refuse I have a duty to defend them within the rules.

  6. A very successful defence lawyer parked his brand new Bentley in front of his office, ready to show it off to his colleagues. As he was getting out, a lorry came along too closely and completely tore off the driver’s door.

    Fortunately, a copper in a police car was close enough to see the accident and pulled up behind the Bentley.

    Before the copper had a chance to ask any questions, the lawyer started screaming hysterically about how his Bentley, which he had just purchased the day before, was completely ruined and would never be the same again

    After the lawyer finally wound down from his rant, the cop shook his head in disbelief. “I can’t believe how materialistic you lawyers are,” he said. “You are so focused on your possessions that you neglect the most important things in life.”

    “How can you say such a thing?” asked the lawyer

    The copper replied, “Don’t you even realize that your left arm is missing? It was severed when the lorry hit you!”

    “OH, MY GOD!!!” screamed the lawyer.

    “My Rolex!”

  7. LOL Ratty

  8. NotbarlowEither

    Can’t believe that ratty is a copper, he appears to have used correct punctuality.

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