Ignorance of the Law a valid excuse if you are in the Labour Party
Metropolitan Police detectives have spent the past six months investigating a series of donations made by property developer David Abrahams and have handed their final file to the Crown Prosecution Service.
A senior Whitehall source disclosed that the police had uncovered strong evidence.
However, he said: "These laws have been terribly drafted and no-one has ever been prosecuted under them. It will be a close decision for the CPS on whether to bring charges but they are likely to err on the side of caution and drop the case. The same problem applies to all the suspects."
Prosecutors are unsure as to whether someone who was, or claims to be, unaware that what they were doing was illegal can be successfully prosecuted. It is also not clear whether the CPS could justify that a prosecution is in the public interest.
" claims to be unaware that what they were doing was illegal" is a valid defence? I must try that one next time Plod knocks on my driver's window, how far do you think it will get me?
And "not in the public interest"? If trying to ensure that our leaders aren't a bunch of crooks isn't in the public interest then I don't know what is.