Tour Lawcast 14: John Cooper QC on the CPS guidelines on social media
“Well I don’t think John Cooper with all respect has seen anything like the number of cases I have. I don’t think he has thought about the sophistication of the issues. There are many cases…I mean he can point to one case [the Twitter Joke Trial]…yeah he makes a cheap point about one case, I’ve got to deal with the many thousands of cases that come in, I’ve got to deal with all the chief constables. So, yes, nice cheap point, but actually let’s get back to reality.”
These are the reported words of Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC following the issuing of new guidelines on social media prosecutions when he was placed under pressure by criticism raised by an experienced criminal silk, John Cooper QC.
Speaking on Radio 5 John Cooper QC said of the guidelines …”totally and utterly unnecessary”, adding that the 25 pages would be better condensed to “two words: common sense”.
Today, I talk to John Cooper QC about the CPS guidelines on Social Media.