The Inquests, the documentary and the book

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The new inquests into the deaths of the 96 victims of Hillsborough have now begun, and ahead of that process the Attorney General has released advice about what organisations or individuals can and can’t say at this time. For the course of justice to run its course, it is important that the jury only hear the evidence presented in court, and therefore potentially prejudicial comments have been advised against. Contempt of court is one of the charge that could be brought against anybody who wilfully breaches this advice, so you will forgive my caution on this matter.

With the 25th anniversary just days away, and the resulting media interest peaked, the number of visits and comments to this site has grown sharply. If I do not accept your comment for publication at this time then please bear in mind the above, and realise that I am not seeking to censor your opinions.

My book, Hillsborough in their own words, is available to pre-order on Amazon but it will not be released until after the inquests. This was a decision taken by the publisher in light of the Attorney General’s statement before the inquests. Incidentally, I will be donating 100% of the royalties that I receive from this book to the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

I will accept all comments once the inquests have finished, but please understand that if I am in any doubt that your comments could be seen as being in contempt of court, and I am in no way a legal expert, I have to err on the side of caution and not publish.

You can read the advice from the Attorney General here.





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