James Wood QC and Emma Goodall secure the acquittal of a defendant charged with conspiring to commit misconduct in public office


After two hung juries, in trials covering some 5 months at the Old Bailey, the prosecution offered no evidence against DL on an allegation of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office. DL was represented by James Wood QC (the leader of DSC’s crime team), leading Emma Goodall. DL was alleged to have corrupted two civilian police employees into using police computers in order to identify an anonymous witness. The witness had given key evidence against her son RR and LDSA and led to their convictions of a drug related murder.  DL’s defence was that she had a “reasonable justification” for the interference, because her son and LDSA (whose convictions were subsequently upheld in the Court of Appeal) were wrongly convicted of the murder and continue to be wrongly incarcerated. The material disclosed in the course of DL’s trial is capable of having a major impact upon the safety of the murder convictions, which will now be the subject of representations to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, with a view to securing reconsideration by the Court of Appeal.


James and Emma were instructed by Greg Stewart of GT Stewart Solicitors and Advocates.

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