Michael McCartney

Solicitor-General written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Ben Chapman Ben Chapman Labour, Wirral South

To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment he has made of the cost to the Crown Prosecution Service of the trial of Michael McCartney.

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department

I have not made an assessment of the costs to the Crown Prosecution Service in bringing the prosecution against Michael McCartney. The Crown Prosecution Service does not routinely assess the costs of bringing individual cases and no assessment has been made of the cost of bringing the prosecution in this case.

The decision to prosecute in this case was made following a review of the available evidence in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. The cost of bringing a case is not a factor that is taken into account in making decisions on whether to prosecute.

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KC (Kevin Charles) Godin-Prior
Posted on 13 Jun 2006 4:56 pm (Report this annotation)

This negative response is completely ducking the issue - please see:
1. Joshua Rozenberg's recent series of "Daily Telegraph" articles highlighting the exorbitant waste of public money of #55 Million+ per year on CPS errors - from sheer incompetence to wilful negligence, including malicious prosecutions, wrongful imprisonment / detention and other injustices/consequent social and economic hardship such as my own - also acquitted after 2 years and multiple arrests nationally on the same false allegations by my ex-partner; that of Nigel Currie, currently awaiting Crown Court trial after similar numerous abuses of PACE, the Mental Health Act, British Civil Rights, European Human Rights and other abuse of process by Manchester CPS despite the judge's valid criticism's of their performance in the preceding case of Tameside Councillor Sean Parker-Perry; and :

2. Website "Downing Street Says" re. my detailed comments about all the above cases posted there in relation to the proposed name-change for CPS and seeking other reforms to prevent it continuing as the "Criminal Protection Service" and to ensure that reforms are introduced to safeguard the innocent from false and malicious allegations then being compounded by PACE breaches and CPS abuse of process.

As well as posting your own comment here, please also feel free to respond direct back to me: kcgodin_prior@yahoo.co.uk.

Many thanks,

KC