It has very recently come to my attention that my case is being featured at www.upsd.co.uk. I have never contributed to this site and I have asked that my case and my name be removed from it.
In March 2009, Chris Huhne made a public announcement that any police officer convicted of a violent or dishonesty offence should be dismissed in a bid to “get tough with bad apples” in the service. I wonder if his views extend to politicians given his conviction for perverting the course of justice today following an incident where his ex-wife, Vicky Price accepted speeding penalty points on his behalf in 2003. Pryce reported the matter to the police after learning of Huhne’s affair with his aide, Carina Trimingam.
Huhne, you are a pathetic excuse of a human being. One can only hope that justice is served and you are given a lengthy custodial sentence to consider your own future given that you are a demonstably dishonest man.
You can see my original post about Huhne here
Just finished my final “A Fair Cop” talk of the year at Huddersfield Library. It was a splendid turnout today and I remain humbled by the number of people willing to give up their time to listen to my story. I am hoping for movement with my case in 2013 and this will be followed by the publication of The Dark Side. Thank you to everyone for your continued support and interest.
My next author talk is at Huddersfield Library, West Yorkshire at 10:00am on Wednesday 28th November.
My next author talk is in my home town of Birstall, West Yorkshire at 10:30am on Tuesday 30th October. It’s going to be a very low-key affair at the local library and it’s being advertised as a talk about restorative justice, but it isn’t – it’s going to be about my first book, A Fair Cop, and my next, The Dark Side. Please do come along if you’re around. I’ll also be providing the latest updates on my appeal.
The Dark side update – I have received many emails lately asking for progress regarding my next book, The Dark Side, which is the sequel to A Fair Cop. The Dark Side exposes the judicial process that resulted in my common assault conviction as I tried to arrest a violent and drunken criminal whilst on duty. I finished the first draft manuscript earlier this year and am currently editing it. My application for appeal is pending and the book will be released at the conclusion of this process.
I would like to take this opportunity to give my sincere condolences to the families of the two police officers murdered on duty in Manchester last week.
Last night I had the privilege of reading my late grandfather’s diary, written whilst serving with the Tank Regiment in Northern Italy during World War II. The diary fits into the palm of your hand and is is almost perfectly preserved with the daily entries he made in 1944. His handwriting is immaculate.
On 1st November 1944, that changes. His writing becomes almost illegible. The reason: whilst advancing north pushing the Germans back in the Forli region of the country, he was shot, seriously injuring his right arm.
A retrospective entry written by him for that day (using his left hand) simply states “Got wounded.” The injury saw him hospitalised in Italy for months before being transported by boat to Barry, Wales. He remained disabled for the rest of his life.
The simplicity of the entry is an example of the kind of man he, and the brave men that fought the war with him, were.
His unassuming restraint in using just these two words to describe a sustained and bloody battle in which several of his comrades were killed around him is indicative of a disciplined and humble generation that led us to victory given us the freedoms we enjoy today.
Certain sections of the population should look at this in shame as our country’s decline shows no sign of abating and the lower end of the social spectrum continues to expand.
I’m contributing to a radio show this Friday talking about the rights and wrongs of the Criminal Justice System. Also present will be various panel members including Sir Norman Bettison, Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police.
This case is a great example of why the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) was established in 1997. Sam’s case is yet another stain on the Criminal Justice System, but thank goodness the CCRC helped put this terrible miscarriage of justice right.
Thanks to everyone for the enquiries I’m getting on The Dark Side. I’m still editing and hope to be able to submit the manuscript by the end of April. But, as I have found previously, a month in the world of writing can vanish in the blink of an eye.