Social Event

Reputations – how our justice system can wreck lives of the innocent – Owen Bowcott in conversation with Christopher Jefferies and Paul Gambaccini – 29/10/2015

PUBLISHED October 6, 2015

You are invited to an evening with Owen Bowcott in conversation with Christopher Jefferies and Paul Gambaccini, hosted at The Law Society Common Room on 29/10/2015 at 18:30.
Paul Gambaccini is a popular household name and has been a well- known broadcaster in the UK since 1973. He was arrested on 29th October 2013. Police handed papers to the Crown Prosecution Service on 10th February 2014 but it was not until 10th October 2014 he was told that there was no case against him. His bail was extended seven times during that period. During those 12 months, he forfeited more than £200,000 in both lost earnings and legal costs, until police and prosecutors told him there was no case against him.
Christopher Jefferies was quietly enjoying his retirement from a distinguished career as a school master in Bristol when police arrested him on New Year’s Eve 2010, for the alleged murder of Jo Yeates. He was finally released from police bail, after 3 months, with his reputation in tatters. His arrest and the public hounding he received from the media eventually led him to being a key witness in the Leveson Inquiry and also the subject of the ITV screenplay "The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies”.
Guardian legal affairs correspondent Owen Bowcott will be exploring :

  • Freedom of the press v Press monstering – Has Leveson had any effect ?
  • Should suspects be named on arrest? Does the public interest in having victims come forward trump the danger of copy cat fantasists?
  • Has the fallout from Operation Yewtree helped or hindered the investigation of historic sexual offences?
  • Have we finally seen the back of endlessly extended bail dates?

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