We looked at the position of Nigella Lawson in relation to her alleged cocaine use in a previous post about the privilege against self-incrimination.
Well, to nobody’s surprise, it was announced on 27th January 2014 that Ms Lawson would not be facing any action from the police in relation to this.
This decision was taken by the police on ‘public interest grounds’ which would seem absolutely right looking at the CPS policy on prosecuting suspected offenders.
An additional point that the Metropolitan Police said was :
“There are serious public interest concerns about the message any prosecution would send out to potential witnesses and victims in the future.
Whilst witnesses clearly cannot simply admit to any offence under oath without consequences, this has to be balanced with the requirement for victims and witnesses to tell the truth.
Further police activity may deter victims from being candid with police and in court for fear of future investigation.”
Common sense in action – good to see.