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Friday, 10 February 2012

How Harry got off: A Juror speaks.



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We are privileged to be afforded the inside story by Mr. Meyer of the trial of Harry Redknapp. Without Harry's acquittal then there would be no  'Harry for England' furore. 'Not Guilty' and the rest is History. This is a preferable 'Inside Story' than the other one that Greg could be writing. God Bless you Mr. Kelsey-Fry; you've earn't that fag.
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The Greg Meyer Column
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Friday 10 Febuary 2012.
An Away Win At Southwark ... What a Team ... What A Bench ... Goings On In The Jury Room.
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The pre-game warm up was almost as fascinating as the game itself. However unlike your normal pre match hitout full of jocular player banter the manoeuverings at Southwark County Court were deadly serious.
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The HMRC team captained by John Black QC was challenged from the kick off by "Super Silk" John Kelsey-Fry QC. The prosecution case was based around News of the World interviews clandestinely conducted by reporter Rob Beasley. The defence claimed that in framing his questions to Mr. Redknapp reporter Beasley was relying on information previously sourced from HMRC or the police.
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Entrapment seemed an apt description. Kelsey-Fry submitted it was "repugnant to all basic instincts of fairness in the criminal justice process." Team Redknapp attempted to have the evidence ruled inadmissible. Those submissions were made before the referee, Judge Leonard, in a voire dire. All in the absence of the jury.
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However the referee saw no foul play and allowed the evidence to be led. Mind in his summing up he did comment on the distaste the jury may feel regards News of the World's methods.
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With those wise words and other judicial exhortations ringing in their ears the eight men and four women jurors retired to the jury room on the afternoon of day twelve. They retired in complete ignorance that but less than 4 months earlier a similar little earnest band of 12 jurors had been in exactly the same position.
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On October 20, 2011 after under 3 hours of deliberation a unanimous verdict of not guilty was returned in the tax evasion case involving Peter Storrie and Milan Mandaric. That result had been suppressed by Court order until the conclusion of the trial of Mandaric and Redknapp. Portsmouth FC and tax again were central elements.
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Our pub wonder whether the same suppression order might have been made if Storrie and Mandaric had been convicted.
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The outpourings of indignation and outrage by Team Redknapp after the verdict has an air of plausibility. Five years in the making. Two trials and two unanimous acquittals.No lengthy deliberation required in either. Indeed in Storries trial it seems the jury went to lunch before coming back with the verdict. That was to extend matters a little so as to not completely embarrass the prosecution.
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A trial built upon a reporter from that erstwhile bastion of journalistic morals. Well now a defunct bastion. Beasley told the jury a lot of his information came from an unnamed source after eight thousand readies had been passed over. He proudly confided to the jurors his interviewing technique included "kidology" and "journalistic licence". No wonder John Kelsey- Fry QC had a field day in cross examination.
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John Black QC for the home team described the Beasley interview as " the most compelling and important evidence in this case." With ammunition of that calibre then it was no wonder the case collapsed. Indeed how it ever got to kick off is amazing.
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Henry James Redknapp made constant proud reference to his cockney heritage. Our pub cannot but ponder on the parrallels with another proud cockney wheeler dealer.
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 The Case of the Unknown Jury Foreman ... Surely Arthur Daley Was Not On Arry's Jury ... An Insider Speaks.
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Purely comedic pub ramblings and conjecture of course. If you are not familiar with the famous Minder episode where Uncle Arthur demonstrates skills of persuasion in the jury room that leave even our own "Kelsey" in the shade then check out the link below.                              
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Our lawyer opines that Arthur's mercurial debating skills were probably not needed in the jury room. Then again some of HMRC vs Redknapp sprang straight from an episode on Minder. Rosie the beloved bulldog. A man destined to manage England self confessed as being possessed of the comprehension skills of a two year old. Mind the last manager did not have english comprehension as a strong point. Good in foreign languages of course.
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No we prefer to lay the praise where its due...
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                              John Kelsey-Fry QC , Counsel Extraordinaire. 

 He's the Man. Well worth a second look.
If you have to ask the fee you can't afford him.
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Lawyer to the stars and probably with an ex client tonight celebrating her 44th birthday. Sharon Stone no less.
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Certainly many a glass been raised in his honour this week ...
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At A Kent Pub.
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Surely the late show at the Lane this Saturday will be a celebration of relief, of unbridled joy, of Spurs style and three more points. You can bet the fans will be singing a certain managers name. You can bet he will smile and wave back.
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Be a shame if Newcastle spoil the party. We should have some quality returning. They have some out including,Tiote (Afrikan Cup), Cabaye (suspended) and Best and Taylor injured.
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United play Liverpool, Chelsea are away to Everton and Sunderland host Arsenal. Potential there to make some ground if we run out winners.
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Cheers ... if we can beat the might of HMRC then surely our momentum will do for Newcastle ... Greg Meyer.  coys.
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Video spot.
Another East End boy made good. Political correctness? What political Correctness?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Right on there Gweg!!
Hurry up jose!!

Anonymous said...

P.S. Sharon Stone was born in 1958. She's a lot older than 44 :)

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