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Post by bindeweede » Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:23 pm

"Legal papers lodged against Boris Johnson over his big red Brexit bus ‘lies’.

A prosecution against Boris Johnson for ‘lies’ told during his Brexit campaign has moved a step closer after legal papers were lodged. The Vote Leave figurehead is accused of ‘abusing public trust’ over claims the UK sends £350,000,000 a week to Brussels. On Friday, private prosecutor Marcus J Ball filed papers at court, claiming three offences of misconduct in public office against the former London Mayor.
https://metro.co.uk/2019/02/22/legal-pa ... s-8719602/

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Post by Tony.Williams » Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:52 am

Expecting politicians to tell the truth? I've never heard of anything so ridiculous :roll:

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Post by bindeweede » Mon May 06, 2019 10:51 am

A crowdfunded private prosecution case against Mr Boris Johnson MP has been given its first date in court.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court has ruled that Ball V Johnson’s first court appearance will take place on May 14th at 2pm.

The first hearing will be held in private with a second, public hearing, set to occur either immediately afterwards or in the following few days.

Marcus J Ball, 29, private prosecutor, took his case against Mr Johnson to Westminster Magistrates’ Court on February 22nd 2019.

He has accused Mr Johnson of abusing public trust in his office as Mayor of London and Member of Parliament by intentionally misleading the public with regards to how much money the UK spends on EU membership.
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/brexitjusticeprosecution

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“The court has determined that a public hearing will take place on Thursday May 23 at this court, at which the judge will consider the application to issue a summons against the proposed defendant, Mr Boris Johnson MP, for the offence of misconduct in a public office.”
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Post by bindeweede » Fri May 24, 2019 3:24 pm

Boris Johnson could be summoned to court to face accusations ​of misconduct in public office over his infamous pledge to claw back £350m a week from Brussels for the NHS.
"District judge Margot Coleman said would inform both parties of her decision on 29 May.

The case continues."

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/p ... 27211.html

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Post by bindeweede » Wed May 29, 2019 10:53 am

Boris Johnson is to be summonsed to court to face accusations of misconduct in a public office, over comments he made during the 2016 EU referendum campaign.

The bid to prosecute Mr Johnson was brought by Marcus Ball in the aftermath of the EU referendum.

He claims the former foreign secretary misled the public during the campaign and again at the 2017 general election.
https://news.sky.com/story/boris-johnso ... t-11730747

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Post by Tony.Williams » Wed May 29, 2019 8:58 pm

No doubt the supporters of Winnie the Poo will protest loudly that it's all a political conspiracy :roll:

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Post by bindeweede » Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:08 pm

Anyone following the case will be aware of the recent Court decision.
High court judges have thrown out the misconduct case against Boris Johnson over 'misleading' Leave campaign slogans, after his barristers argued that false statements "must be as old as political campaigning itself".
"Speaking outside court after the verdict, Ball said: "We have to wait and see the reasons for their (the judges') decision. "When we have those reasons I'm going to make a decision as to what to do next."

https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-st ... -1-6094045

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Post by bindeweede » Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:17 pm

A decision on whether to appeal to the Supreme Court is to be made next week, apparently.

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Post by bindeweede » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:03 pm

The legal team instructed by Marcus J Ball and Brexit Justice Ltd in their private prosecution case against Boris Johnson has filed an application with the Divisional Court for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. The application challenges the decision of the Divisional Court on 3 July 2019, to quash the decision of District Judge Coleman of Westminster Magistrates’ Court of 29 May 2019 to issue a summons against Mr Johnson MP for the criminal offences of misconduct in public office.

The effect of the Divisional Court ruling is that a public office holder, namely an MP and Mayor of London, who repeatedly lied about Government spending figures and misused official statistics, on a platform secured by relying upon his public office, and who referenced his public office at the material time does not commit the offence of misconduct in public office. That is so even where it was a duty of his public office to scrutinise and safeguard public expenditure and to act with honesty and integrity.

Mr Ball pursues his appeal because, he asserts that the Divisional Court has erred in its rulings as to elements of the offence of misconduct in public office – ‘acting as such’ and ‘wilful neglect/wilful misconduct’, and which raise clear points of law of general public importance.

Private prosecutor, Marcus J Ball, said that ‘The High Court's decision is far reaching. It should be of great concern and interest to the public as a whole. As opposed to ensuring that public officers are held to account, the Court's decision restricts the offence of misconduct in public office, placing the behaviour of those with power, influence and responsibility, beyond proper scrutiny and the criminal law. We have grave concerns that public officers can now abuse their status and influence and to act in blatant disregard of the duties and obligations placed upon them, safe in the knowledge that no criminal consequences will follow.

Full Press Release here - https://medium.com/@MarcusJBall/boris-j ... 14d1a89a9c


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Post by bindeweede » Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:03 pm

News from Marcus J Ball. "Our criminal prosecution case against Boris Johnson is continuing. This is why."

Quite long and rather complicated.

https://medium.com/@MarcusJBall/our-cri ... cd0a964876

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Post by bindeweede » Sun Sep 29, 2019 12:44 pm

Completely aside from Marcus Ball's case, Jonathan Lis has written about Johnson's behaviour in recent days.
On Tuesday the highest court in the land found that the prime minister had abused his power, misled parliament, and broken the law. It upheld the earlier verdict of the Scottish judges, who found that the PM had effectively lied to the Queen. If Boris Johnson had a shred of decency, integrity or responsibility, he would have resigned on the spot. Such an act would have been expected and demanded of any other PM in modern history even by their own party. Johnson is not such a man.

The PM did not apologise. He did not show humility. He instead doubled down. Johnson’s Commons appearance on Wednesday evening delivered the most repulsive parliamentary spectacle this country has seen in our lifetimes. The prime minister wailed that parliament was betraying the people. He declared it should “stand aside.” He used the phrase “surrender act” no fewer than 15 times. When one MP invoked the memory of her friend Jo Cox and pleaded with the PM, for her colleagues’ safety and her own, to moderate his language, he responded that her complaint was “humbug.” Indeed, he tumbled to a further nadir by opining that MPs could honour Cox’s memory by “getting Brexit done.” It was a gleeful festival of cruelty. People left the chamber in tears. Here was a group of MPs begging our country’s leader to temper his rhetoric, not as a political opponent but as a human being, and he jeered in their faces.
https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/poli ... parliament

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Post by Tony.Williams » Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:21 pm

I have read a suggestion that Johnson's behaviour was deliberately outrageous in order to focus headlines on that, rather than on more awkward matters like the Supreme Court verdict. It wouldn't surprise me.

One report in today's papers said that he did ring the Queen to apologise, but of course he wouldn't want to admit that publicly because it would involve admitting that he had done something to apologise for.

I see he's getting into more hot water over the US entrepreneur he squired around when Mayor of London. One paper reports that they had an affair, which is hardly surprising as he appears to find great difficulty in keeping his trousers zipped up whenever a likely-looking woman comes into view. However, if there is evidence (and there appears to be) that he did improperly channel public funds to her company, he mind find this one rather difficult.

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Post by Tony.Williams » Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:46 am

What appears to be yet another No.10 distraction effort - strenuously denying 20-year-old groping accusations which no-one cares about, but keeping very quiet about his relationship with Jennifer Arcuri which is potentially far more damaging.

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Post by bindeweede » Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:42 pm

Returning to the Marcus Ball case. Yesterday, he announced that his Crowdfunder appeal was suspended for the time being, having reached £456,153 of the £500,000 target, and he added, "I've encountered a serious problem. Please await news."

And no news yet, as far as I know.

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