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A LEADING Scottish judge accused police officers of telling lies in court in order to secure convictions.

Lord McCluskey, a former Solicitor-General for Scotland, said off-the-record confessions to police should no longer be admissible evidence in Scotland.

'In my view, not just in Scotland, but south of the border and elsewhere, the police do manufacture false confessions, perjure, and plant evidence,' he said.

'One always hopes it is disappearing now, but it has not fully disappeared.'

Lord McCluskey, a judge since 1984, sits in the Court of Session in Edinburgh. He told an audience of law students in Aberdeen that he was sceptical when juries were told of confessions made to only one police officer.

'What worries me is this - let us think when these confessions are made,' he said. 'In my time some of the most damning confessions have been made or have been said to have been made in the back of a police car on the way from the accused's house.'

Lord McCluskey said it was 'surprising' that an accused person would tell all to the police and then refuse to say anything on-the-record or in front of independent witnesses


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Lord McCluskey

A LEADING Scottish judge accused police officers of telling lies in court in order to secure convictions.

Lord McCluskey, a former Solicitor-General for Scotland, said off-the-record confessions to police should no longer be admissible evidence in Scotland.

'In my view, not just in Scotland, but south of the border and elsewhere, the police do manufacture false confessions, perjure, and plant evidence,' he said.

'One always hopes it is disappearing now, but it has not fully disappeared.'

Lord McCluskey, a judge since 1984, sits in the Court of Session in Edinburgh. He told an audience of law students in Aberdeen that he was sceptical when juries were told of confessions made to only one police officer.

'What worries me is this - let us think when these confessions are made,' he said. 'In my time some of the most damning confessions have been made or have been said to have been made in the back of a police car on the way from the accused's house.'

Lord McCluskey said it was 'surprising' that an accused person would tell all to the police and then refuse to say anything on-the-record or in front of independent witnesses






Lord McCluskey rejects ‘bizarre proposal’ to scrap corroboration

Lord McCluskey, who was solicitor general in Scotland for more than five years and who was a high court judge for 20 years, spoke out against controversial Scottish Government plans to scrap the need for corroboration.

The centuries-old requirement of the Scottish legal system states that evidence against an accused person must come from more than one source.

Plans to abolish corroboration, which are included in the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill, have been put forward after a review by one of Scotland's top judges, Lord Carloway, recommended the change.

But the move has been opposed by many in the legal profession.

Lord McCluskey, writing in The Scotsman, said that "almost unanimously" Scotland's higher judiciary were "strongly opposed to the bizarre proposal".

The former judge argued: "One of the main reasons why we need corroboration is that the law's requirement of supporting evidence compels the police to investigate the background before presenting the evidence to the fiscal."

 


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