Friday, 19 November 2021
Wednesday, 17 November 2021
Monday, 15 November 2021
Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Friday, 10 September 2021
Monday, 30 August 2021
Monday, 23 August 2021
Friday, 20 August 2021
I wonder if this all to do with legal precedent? I wonder if the Crown Office are scared a precedent will be set if a lockdown breach charge gets to court and is thrown out?
Wednesday, 18 August 2021
Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Tuesday, 13 July 2021
Tuesday, 6 July 2021
Anyone who has sat in the public gallery of a court in Scotland and watched even just a handful of trials will be more than aware that Procurator Fiscals rely on Police Scotland officers to take the stand as witnesses to help them get successful prosecutions.
If you've seen as many cases as I have you'll also know that every day trials collapse because the police go in to the witness stand and blatantly lie about what happened.
So do these police liars ever get held to account?
The Sheriff dismisses the case, then they all shuffle their papers and move on to the next case.
It is an accepted part of our justice system in Scotland that the police will regularly lie under oath to help the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service prosecute innocent members of the public, no one blinks an eye about it.
The question is whether the COPFS then feel they owe a debt of gratitude to their best buddies in Police Scotland when the shoe is on the other foot and it's a police officer who is in the dock?
In other words, do the COPFS go easy when it's "one of their own"?
PC Fraser Ross Ross recently resigned from Police Scotland in disgrace after being convicted of four domestic abuse charges. He regularly physically and mentally abused his girlfriend during a 6 year period. He beat her up repeatedly, kneeing her, hitting her, and suffocating her. He head-butted and strangled her, called her pathetic, paranoid, insecure, and a bitch. He even threatened to push her "down the f*cking stairs". What a charmer.
Many members of the Scottish public who have had dealings with untrustworthy Police Scotland will have come across aggressive and arrogant coppers like PC Fraser Ross.
His poor girlfriend, the recipient of his abuse, has a heart condition and was absolutely terrified of him.
PC Fraser Ross plead not guilty.
But his ex-girlfriend had made secret recordings of the abuse.
He was found guilty by Sheriff Ross MacFarlane.
So was justice done?
I don't believe so, and neither does Sheriff MacFarlane.
The good Sheriff said PC Fraser Ross' crimes were "appalling" and "inexcusable" for someone serving as an officer with Police Scotland.
Sheriff MacFarlane also went on to vent his frustration that PC Ross would likely be out after 6 months. The Sheriff said:
"I take the view you [Ross] need to be under the purview of the court for a longer period than that. This case deserves a prison sentence, but I have to take everything into account."
What the Sheriff was referring to here was the COPFS opting to try Ross on the lesser summary procedure rather on the more serious solemn procedure.
You see, if the COPFS had opted for solemn procedure Ross would have gone on trial before a jury and could have been jailed for up to five years for his crimes.
But the COPFS didn't do this.
Instead, they opted for the lesser summary procedure.
In the Sheriffs view, by doing this the COPFS had effectively blocked Sheriff Macfarlane from giving Ross the heavier sentence he deserved.
Which, of course, begs the question, did the COPFS go easy on one of their own?
The COPFS say no.
As the famous riposte goes "they would say that, wouldn't they"...
Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Hi <name withheld by request>
Saturday, 26 June 2021
Sunday, 23 May 2021
Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC and Solicitor General Alison Di Rollo QC are resigning.
Please take the rest of your motley crew at the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service with you when you go.
And don’t let the door hit you on the arse on the way out.
Sunday, 21 March 2021
King Canute / Cnut The Great
Most of you will have read posts in this blog where I liken the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service to King Canute.
The common legend of King Canute describes him as being a deluded monarch who believed he was so powerful that he could stop the tide coming in (*spoiler alert - he couldn’t).
When I see the COPFS pushing the boundaries of their authority by doing such things as, ooh, let’s see…trying to launch investigations against an MP like David Davis who can’t be prosecuted because he has Parliamentary Privilege…and trying to dictate to a Parliamentary Committee what they can and can’t see…it’s not hard to figure out why I liken these idiots in the COPFS to King Canute.
They think they’re powerful, but they’re not. They think they have almighty authority, but they haven’t. They think they can order people around and do what they like to them, but they can’t.
Notice all the similarities to King Canute now?
Just like King Canute, the Scottish Crown Office are so delusional they don’t even know they’re, well, delusional!
But did you know that ‘Canute’ is not the original spelling of the name?
The original spelling of ‘Canute’ is ‘Cnut’.
He was Danish born and went on to became King of Denmark, England, and Norway. His proper 11th century name and title is actually ‘Cnut The Great’.
So there you go, a wee history lesson to show that King Canute is actually King Cnut.
Which is quite fitting, because the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service will always be a bunch of Cnuts to me.
Saturday, 20 March 2021
We have been told today by the SPF that between 30 and 40 Police Scotland officers who were in George Square a fortnight ago policing the Rangers football fans cup celebrations have caught the old Beijing Boak.
They caught it from Rangers fans.
Did they really?
Are you absolutely sure about that?
I’m not being flippant. It’s a serious and genuine question.
Because back in October last year I caught the old Kung Flu myself. Thing is, I hadn’t been out and about. I hadn’t been to bars, cafes, restaurants, I hadn’t been to see friends, I hadn’t been celebrating with anyone, anywhere, at any time. Yet I still caught it.
So where did I get it from?
Good question, I'm still asking myself that.
The only place I had been outside the four walls of my own house was the supermarket, and even then I wore a mask at all times.
So unless I got the virus from my old Windows 95 computer that hasn’t had its Norton AV updated since the three-month free trial expired more than two decades ago, I must’ve caught it in a supermarket.
There is no other explanation.
So to circle back to my original question, are they absolutely definitely sure that these 30/40 police officers caught the virus from Rangers fans in George Square?
Could they have caught it, like I did, in a supermarket?
Could they have caught it from a work colleague at the police station or sitting beside them in the paddy wagon?
Could they have caught it from one of their kids who recently went back to school?
Could they have caught it from someone they stopped for having his drivers window down and blaring his Barry Manilow cassette too loudly from inside his Granada Ghia?
Could they have caught it from sneaking a chip off the wee guy they arrested last week for being drunk in charge of a fish supper?
I pose these questions because when we get infected with this virus, the one thing we DO know is that we DON’T know exactly where we got it.
That’s just a fact. It’s the way it is. It’s the way this virus spreads. It’s why we have Track & Trace.
So if untrustworthy Police Scotland, or the SPF, or the Scottish Government, or anyone else, wants to claim that these 30/40 police officers absolutely, definitely caught the virus from Rangers fans in George Square a fortnight ago, then I'm sorry, the facts just don't support this.
And if they're making claims with no facts to support it, I’m now curious as to what their real motive is for saying this. What are they angling towards? There must be some angle because we know police ALWAYS have an ulterior motive for everything.
What's going on?
I don't know, but I hope we find out soon.
Because if they DO decide to stick to this unsubstantiated claim about where they got the old Beijing Boak then we may have to start asking even more searching questions. Questions like whether wearing masks actually works, because every police officer I saw in the footage from that day in George Square was wearing a mask.
Then where do we go from there?
Do we ban supermarkets from opening because people like myself got the old Kung Flu in a supermarket?
Do we stop wearing masks because masks didn’t stop Police Scotland officers getting it a fortnight ago in George Square?
No, of course we don’t. Because we’re sensible.
We know that masks, even with the gaps around them, still help reduce aerosol particles from flying around and that's a good thing.
We know that we have to eat to stay alive, so visiting a supermarket is just one of those necessary risks we need to take in life.
We know that when you place police officers in an area like George Square when there is a large gathering or protest going on, it isn’t exactly the safest place for those officers to be.
But we also know that there is simply NO evidence to prove that George Square was definitely where all these 30/40 officers caught the virus. Sorry if the SPF don't like that fact, but it is a fact.
Why can’t the police just accept the same thing every sensible person in the land has long realised - that this virus is very real, it exists, it’s infectious, it’s nasty, you can catch it anywhere and you’ll never know where you go it.
Just try to be like the rest of us, do your job and get on with it and your life as safely as you can.
That’s all any of us can do.
For goodness sake STOP trying to play politics with this virus.
Police Scotland have done enough 'politicking' already with this virus, positioning themselves as 'virus enforcers' for their political masters, throwing their weight around against the public, using it as an excuse to arrest innocent members of the public for buying easter eggs or sitting alone on a park bench drinking coffee etc (I could go on).
The level of trust the public have in Police Scotland is at an all-time low.
If police are going to start accusing people of giving them the old Kung Flu when they have no evidence to back it up then…
Oh….hang on…wait a minute.
I’ve just realised something.
Untrustworthy Police Scotland go around accusing people of things every day without any evidence.
Hmmm, so I suppose this is actually no different from the way they always behave.
Ahh, now it makes sense.
OK, move along folks, nothing to see here.
Just a few dozen PC Plods with Bejing Boak which they got from George Square in Glasgow...or maybe it was George the desk Sergeant at Shettleston...or George at Asda.
Oh dear, looks like the circus is back in town and the clowns at the COPFS are at it again.
Seems they just can't help themselves and those stupid insufferable snobs who make up our corrupt Crown Office are trying to get above their station again, despite being slapped down about a similar thing the other day.
Not content with having wrongly and illegally threatened to investigate David Davis MP for speaking up against them in the U.K. Parliament (which they can't do of course because he has Parliamentary Privilege), the jackboot brigade at the COPFS have now ordered The Spectator magazine to retract an article they wrote criticising them or face a £50,000 fine.
I use the figure £50,000 but in reality there's no cap on that figure and legal costs could easily take the actual cost to 10 times that amount if The Spectator don't comply.
The Spectator can't afford that amount of money so they'll probably have to comply with the Crown office's dubious demands.
In essence, what's really going on is that the COPFS are warning the Spectator that if they don't play ball and stop criticising them, they'll bankrupt them and destroy their business.
Hey, how many times have I told you that these people in the COPFS are nasty, vicious and vindictive people.
And it gets even crazier.
Not only have the COPFS ordered the article they don't like to be taken offline, they've also ordered the magazine to delete a copy of the article which is residing on an internet history website (based somewhere in California we think) which The Spectator don't own, don't know anything about, and have zero control over.
Internet archives (they used to be called 'way back' machines back in my day) take snap shots of websites and store them for future posterity. They have been part of the internet for as long as I can remember, well over 20 years at least, but the thicko's at the COPFS have no idea what these archives are or how they work.
The COPFS don't realise that these history retaining archive sites are the online equivalent of people keeping copies of old newspaper articles under their sofa. The information will ALWAYS be out there somewhere in the world archived and ready to be retrieved by future generations at a later date. Neither the Spectator or anyone can control or stop it.
Yes, of course you can delete a blog post or a tweet or a web page from the internet, but there will always be snapshots and copies of them out there in cyberspace.
But that's only one part of this bizarre spat between the COPFS and The Spectator.
A Crown spokesperson has now come out said:
"Where the Crown becomes aware of issues of potential contempt of court, these will be considered carefully and action will be taken if considered appropriate."
OMG! Where the hell do they get these half-wit spokespersons from?
So let's get this straight...the Crown Office are actually threatening journalists from The Spectator with a contempt of court order.
Hmmm, that doesn't sound much like freedom of speech or a journalists right to speak truth to power?
Even more bizarre is the idea that the COPFS have the authority to threaten them with contempt of court.
What court would that be exactly?
Because the COPFS are not a court. They cannot make decisions that a court makes. They don't have the authority of a court. The can't act as a court. A court is above them. The Crown office is beneath the power and authority of a court.
Don't believe me? Just walk in to any court in Scotland and watch how the Procurator Fiscal sooks up to the Sheriff and kisses his bahookie at every opportunity. It'll gie ye' the dry boak!
You'll soon realise who has the authority in a court of law (*Hint - and it's not the COPFS).
The behaviour of the Scottish Crown office towards the Spectator magazine is exactly what David Davis MP was talking about the other day when he criticised the COPFS.
They are seriously over stretching their authority. They seem to think they can tell people what they can and can't say and what they can and can't print.
They even tried to tell a parliamentary committee what they could and couldn't see.
Yes, you read that correctly, the COPFS threatening a Parliamentary Committee for goodness sake!
Sheeez! Who the hell do these half-wits in the Crown Office think they are?
The most comical vision for me of the last week has been imagining the COPFS all huddled together in some wee room, somewhere in Scotland, plotting (and believing) that they can march down to the UK parliament, burst in, and arrest David Davis MP for saying unkind things about them...despite the fact that he has Parliamentary Privilege and, well, the COPFS have NO authority to do that. Zero authority, none whatsoever.
What a bunch of tossers. I just find it hilarious that these half-wits may have thought - even for a second - that they could do this.
Do the COPFS realise everyone's laughing at them?
Do they have even so much as an ounce of self-awareness to know that they are the laughing stock of the whole country? They are the emperor with no clothes. King Canute ordering the tide out.
Honestly, these numpties are unbelievable. Where the hell do they get this bizarre air of self importance from? It's astonishing. People all around the UK are literally scratching their heads at their antics.
Procurator Fiscals have no real power or authority, yet a culture has been allowed to fester in this little bubble they live in over at the COPFS where they seem to think they do. They stick marbles in their mouth and swan around like little Demagogues wagging their finger at every stray cat that passes them in the street, totally unaware that the cat doesn't give two hoots about them or their finger.
These are seriously delusional people. It's painfully pathetic to watch.
The COPFS really needs to be brought back down to earth because they've completely forgotten their lowly humble place in our society as public servants. This culture of trying to throw their weight around in excess of the little authority they have is becoming tiresome.
Will someone please, please, for goodness sake, tell these idiots that they are NOT important people, they have No power over anyone, and their only real useful function is to act as a prosecution service in a court of law.
(*Note - before anyone writes to me to point out that the COPFS also investigate sudden deaths, they don't really if the truth be known, the coroner does all that - 'deid boadies' and the sight of blood are too much for the delicate stomachs of the snowflakes who float around the COPFS).
So let's send them a strong message. Let's tell them in no uncertain terms that they are NOT the law, they are NOT a court, they cannot issue court orders, and they have NO authority whatsoever in a court.
It's time the Scottish COPFS got back to doing what they do best: loitering around Sheriff Court corridors co-ercing police officers to lie in the witness stand so they can get some wee guy fae the local cooncil scheme 'done' for being drunk in charge of a fish supper.
Now that's what the COPFS really excel at.
Know your place COPFS. Stop trying to get above your station and stop trying to play with the big boys.
You're not in their league. Not even close.