A number of other reports have emerged following the case of R v Walsh (see this previous post), aka #porntrial. The solicitor in the case, Myles Jackman, has written a compelling piece on his blog in which concludes:
‘It is my contention that the matter is now beyond the remit of the CPS, Met and BBFC and that the subject requires the scrutiny of the Home Secretary, Ministry of Justice and the Law Commission and that questions should be asked in the House.’
Jackman is absolutely right. The issue of images of consensual sexual acts – both under the Obscene Publications Act and Criminal Justice and Immigration Act should not be decided by more lives ruined, and further costly and clumsy investigations and prosecutions. We desperately need a sensible review of the law in this area. Read Myles’ full post for his own compelling reasoning.
Daryl Champion has written an excellent piece exploring the messy way that the Daily Mail responded to the case. It is an excellent forensic exploration and worth a read.
Benjamin Gray also has a very interesting piece on his blog exploring the role of the CPS in all of this, suggesting – and I agree in large part – that anger should be focused on the bad law at the heart of the case rather than the CPS themselves. Read that piece here.
The post can be seen as a response to a mood reflecting on social media and in some media stories such as this piece by Terri Judd published in the Independent, linking together R v Walsh with R v Peacock and the Twitter joke trial (Chambers v DPP).