Disgraced MPs entitled to Legal Aid

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  1. MPs - David Chaytor, Elliot Morley and Jim Devine - have been granted legal aid to fund their defence against allegations of theft over their Parliamentary expenses claims.

    Now Surely their "own" salsry should be able to cover this??

  2. Can't they claim their defence costs on ex's then? 8O
  3. Anybody who is being prosecuted for an imprisionable offence is entitled to legal aid for their defence. Unless you only want the very rich or very poor to have qualified legal defence there's no other option
  4. Regrettably not quite the case now ..... unless you chose your Crown Court wisely .

    See Link ...


    Which may be the main thread on this topic .
  5. Wordsmith

    Wordsmith LE Book Reviewer

    Their defence seems to be not that they're inoccent of the charges, but that their actions were covered by parliamentary privilege as set out in the 1689 Bill of Rights.

    If they were innocent men, they'd have fought on the grounds that the expenses were legally incurred. Hiding behind a 300 year old law suggests to me that they're thieving cnuts.

  6. Yes, but doesn't that defence give them the appearance of crusaders for right, rather than being seen as (alleged) a group of trough snuffling thieving c**ts?