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frank



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:56 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

well that never took long

I thought he would be resigning especially with all the controversy relating to his biased views on JFM's allegations before they were even fully investigated.  


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“The truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it – but in the end, there it is.”  


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Iain McKie



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of the latest media coverage:

LA’s resignation.

17th March:

‘And Len Murray, a leading figure in Scottish legal circles, said Mulholland’s position was “untenable”, although any question of resignation was a matter for him.’

http://www.thenational.scot/news/...kerbie-police-report-review.15178

24th March:

http://www.thenational.scot/news/...parliament-elections-in-may.15440

http://sputniknews.com/europe/201...frank-mulholland-resignation.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-35881983

"It is clear that he has worked to bring about change to ensure that the system makes a real difference to people's lives and his dedication to the law and his compassion for others has been behind that drive.”

http://www.heraldscotland.com/new...QC_to_step_down_as_Lord_Advocate/

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/...ep-down-as-lord-advocate-1.930378

http://stv.tv/news/politics/13475...cate-to-step-down-after-election/

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news...-lord-7613027#i9bcpXzYRvdLtJqr.97


Harvie appointed Crown Agent

http://www.scottishlegal.com/2016...vid-harvie-appointed-crown-agent/
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An appreciation of the soon to resign  Lord Advocate appeared in today's Herald.

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How Scotland's Lord Advocate is signing working class youngsters in to the law
http://www.heraldscotland.com/new...g_class_youngsters_in_to_the_law/

He was the lord advocate who never forgot his roots.

Working-class and Catholic, Frank Mulholland QC never quite lived up to the stereotype for Scotland's top law officer.


As he stands down, it has emerged the 56-year-old has been signing recommendations to universities for future lawyers from underprivileged backgrounds.

Mr Mulholland last year prosecuted serial killer Angus Sinclair over the World End murders of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie in 1977.
The stakes were huge. This was a double jeopardy trial - Sinclair had already walked on the killings - and getting a conviction was huge for the Crown Office and Mr Mulholland.

Yet during his lunch hour, Mr Mulholland met with groups of HND students from New College Lanarkshire.

The result was a highly unusual collaboration under which the students wrote a guide to Scots Law for refugees and ending up getting their applications to university endorsed by the country's most senior prosecutor.

Mr Mulholland last week announced he would leave his post after a full parliamentary term following May's elections.

The 56-year-old said. "It's been an honour to do this job working with so many dedicated and talented people to deliver justice in some of the most demanding and challenging of cases."
Speaking on the eve of his announcement at a conference on hate crime, he revealed that tackling bigotry ranked among prosecuting murders, rapes, violence, domestic abuse, cold cases and housebreakings as his priorities.

Describing his prosecution of a student in St Andrews who put his hands down his trousers and then rubbed them on the flag of Israel, he said: "I am the Lord Advocate for all communities in Scotland and I am non-political, I don't favour one over the other. All people have a right to lead their lives without this kind of behaviour."

"What concerns me? If we are talking about priorities they have always been hate crime, violence.

"I changed prosecution policy so that all violence where there is sufficient credible and reliable evidence - unless there are exceptional circumstances - should be prosecuted.

"Sexual crime, rape and sexual abuse - is key priority. So is housebreaking.

"If you break in to a house you will now find yourself prosecuted on indictment I did not change the policy out of personal interest but I have been the victim of housebreaking - when I was younger and lived with my parents - and its a horrific crime. They say it is a crime against property but it is not, it's a crime against the person because of the violation of your own personal space.”

On bigotry, he warned of the growth in abuse and crime online and the difficulty in containing the bile. "You feel like the wee boy with your finger in the dyke.”

He added: "It is difficult to police it proactively. You have to be alive to social media where it is used as a vehicle to perpetrate hate-filled crime against individuals or sections of society. That is where law enforcement has to get involved.

"I am a passionate believer in freedom of expression but it has its limits and that is recognised in human rights.”

Mr Mulholland previously said anything that would be considered a crime on the street should be considered a crime in cyberspace. Numerous court rulings, he added, had brought clarity about where social media strayed in to criminality. But the public needed to catch up. He said: "I have no desire to enter this whole debate on the use of social media. As a vehicle for debate it is a hugely positive thing.

Banter, he added, was no excuse, suggesting 1970s sitcom Love my Neighbour would now be seen as potentially prosecutable if broadcast again.
Mr Mulholland, meanwhile, has praised Police Scotland, saying "some of the work the officers of our national police force do is world-beating".
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lord Advocate should issue pledge over report into Lockerbie allegations

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Should Mr Mulholland fail to make this undertaking then I suspect, in respect of Lockerbie at least, that history will judge him less than kindly and conclude that as Scotland’s "watchdog for justice" he has failed.

http://lockerbiecase.blogspot.co....ate-should-issue-pledge-over.html
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

makes you wonder why an experienced legally minded person like the Lord Advocate would pursue the avenue of publicly criticising the J4M complaints and the criminal allegations.

Maybe he was looking for a way out for some reason.
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A CAMPAIGN group whose members believe Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was innocent of the Lockerbie bombing has urged “political intervention” from the Scottish Government.
The call from Justice for Megrahi (JfM) comes after the outgoing Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland speculated about a possible new trial for the bombing – which JfM said showed he had “gone rogue”.
http://www.thenational.scot/news/...ver-lord-advocates-comments.17397
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Five new Senators of the College of Justice named including Frank Mulholland.

http://www.advocates.org.uk/news-.../2016/may/five-new-senators-named
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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CAMPAIGNERS who believe Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was innocent of the Lockerbie bombing have reported former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to Police Scotland over his new book on the atrocity and the compassionate release of the only man ever convicted of it.

Justice for Megrahi had previously made a series of criminal allegations concerning the investigation and trial which they said would throw serious doubt on Megrahi’s conviction and “point to possible malpractice by Crown Office personnel, police and other prosecution witnesses”.

http://www.thenational.scot/news/...out-lockerbie-bombing-trial.17646


Also see:

http://lockerbiecase.blogspot.co.uk
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to see further progress Iain.

I can remember not that long ago Mr Mulholland stating there was no evidence of innocence in this case.

Here is hoping Mr Megrahi's name is cleared eventually and that this will hopefully activate change in this unaccountable justice system.

David
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For an update on the massive current publicity about Kenny MacAskill's book please use this link.

http://lockerbiecase.blogspot.co.uk

Bob's Lockerbie Blog is a regularly updated source for all things Lockerbie.

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