What does the death of the Judge in the SIPT trial mean?

It means:- • (1) The $150 million or so spent on the trial (excluding the commission of enquiry) is wasted since that trial is also now dead beyond resuscitation;

  • (2) The lead prosecutor Andrew Mitchell, who represented that the trial, which is now in its 6th year, would last only 6 months, was either grossly incompetent or deliberately misled the Court;
  • (3) The defendants who objected to the appointment of Judge Harrison on the basis of his age; who objected to trial by Judge alone rather than by Jury; who objected to the scope of the indictment both in terms of the number of defendants and the multiplicity of the charges were right and ought to have been listened to. If they had succeeded on any one of those points we would not be where we are now;
  • (4) The lawyers who continually said the trial was unmanageable, and should be stripped down, should have been given more credence;

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