Mike Buchanan’s retrial for his MGM protest – Isleworth Crown Court, 3 March

Early in January I attended Isleworth Crown Court for my retrial on the charge of obstructing the traffic (for a total 49 seconds, across two points in time) during the second of two anti-MGM protests (the one in Parliament Square) last June. A video (14:52) of the protests is here.

In January the barrister appointed by the CPS admitted to the court he wasn’t adequately prepared for the trial, and asked for – and was granted – an adjournment. My thanks to E for filming and editing a video (1:27) of some stalwart supporters and myself after that.

Following a request by the judge on that day, there has been an exchange between the CPS and ourselves of documents with legal positions, arguments, and counter-arguments, and copies sent to the court. We believe the Crown’s position to be very weak, and I expect one of two outcomes on 3 March:

  • the Crown decides not to continue with the prosecution; or
  • the trial takes place, and I’ll be found ‘Not Guilty’ (there won’t be a jury).

If we’re successful, it could be a landmark victory in the struggle to end MGM in the UK, and perhaps beyond. So I hope you’ll be able to join us on the day. The court address is 34-36 Ridgeway Road, Isleworth, TW7 5NP. The trial will be in Court 5, and start at 10:00.

If we’re unsuccessful, we shall appeal again.

My warm thanks to Ian, a retired solicitor, for his invaluable help in preparing my defence.

A collection of audio and video files relating to MGM can be found on our Vimeo channel – here. All the files are also on our YouTube channel – here.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • Lawrence Newman

    That moment when a man protesting the law breaking the law by not enforcing the law, is arrested and charged by the law for exposing the law’s lawbreaking.

    Are we living in a Harry Enfield show?

    • Mike Buchanan

      Thanks Lawrence. It’s all a little surreal, I have to say, and not without its comical moments. If the CPS had any common sense, rather than being driven by anti-male bias, it wouldn’t have brought the prosecution, given the exposure the prosecution – for obstructions totalling 49 seconds! – is giving to the illegality of MGM (which the CPS is not disputing).

      • Lawrence Newman

        Well charges against me were dropped for online speech after I pleaded not guilty. I never found out why. You’ve definitely done the right thing by pleading not guilty. I have a feeling they’ll drop this soon.

  • Rob

    all the best Mike for the day.
    I often wonder if the CPS waste so much time and resources on cases like this in order to hit some “target” like they do for rape convictions

    • Mike Buchanan

      Thanks Rob. Not sure what target this would relate to, unless it’s a target to prosecute critics of the CPS!

  • William Gruff

    There’s an awful of very big sledgehammer to crack a nearly non-existent nut about this. A lot of public money spend prosecuting what was effectively a non-offence, committed millions of time a day without police taking any action. Perhaps the constabulary had been briefed? Clearly, someone’s out to make an example of you Mike.

    • Mike Buchanan

      Thanks William. We hadn’t publicised the planned obstruction on the day, for the very good reason I only decided to do it on the day.

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