Wednesday, April 14, 2010

On legal aid

I felt sickened when David Cameron blurted out his populist rhetoric when denouncing the grant of legal aid to the three Labour MPs accused (that's accused) of fiddling their expenses. One might argue that it would have been politick and PR-savvy of them to have not applied. But the fact remains they were free to apply and have their entitlement determined just like the rest of us.

Yes, it hasn't helped their image in the public eye that they asked permission to be spared sitting in the dock (the district judge swiftly declined the request) when they made their first appearance. But to start to say some people don't deserve legal aid before judgment has even been pronounced, is one step on the path to mob justice.

Christian Khan solicitor Katherine Craig writes on the subject in today's Guardian.

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