The verdict in Mike Buchanan’s retrial

At my retrial in Isleworth Crown Court yesterday, the judge declined to reverse the verdict at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court last year. We have strong grounds for an appeal to the Criminal Division of the High Court of Justice in London, and we shall continue the fight for as long as we can. My thanks to Ian, a retired solicitor, for his invaluable advice and support from the outset. He has kindly offered to pay for a transcript of the 20-minute-long judgment, and we’ll post it on this blog as soon as it’s made available.

The higher up the court system we go, the higher the chances of a favourable verdict. At my next retrial there will be three judges, not the sole judges we experienced at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court and Isleworth Crown Court.

My legal defence rests on citizens’ rights to protest, outlined in the European Convention on Human Rights, enshrined in our Human Rights Act. My protest last June related to the failure of the CPS/police to prosecute those carrying out MGM, a clear violation of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

In our written legal submission we covered at length the issue of the illegality of MGM. In their response the CPS didn’t refer to that issue, nor did the CPS-appointed barrister do so yesterday, and the judge declined to give a view on the issue in his judgement. We have ordered a transcript of his judgment, and will post it on this blog once available.

There was a little light relief yesterday, in the unlikely form of a signpost in a garden of a house near the court, which might have been placed there by the CPS:

I am representing myself at these trials, J4MB funds are not being used to cover fines, CPS costs etc. I am thankful to supporters who gave me donations towards costs and fines in relation to the Hammersmith trial. Yesterday I was ordered to pay £500 towards the CPS costs in relation to the retrial. I should be grateful for any donations towards that sum, as my disposable income is very limited, and I draw no income from donations. You can send money through the link below, please also email me (mike@j4mb.org.uk) so I know your donation is to be used for this purpose. Thank you.

Finally, in addition to thanking Ian, I must thank the stalwart supporters who joined me yesterday in Isleworth. Some came from a considerable distance, and their presence was greatly appreciated. A few of them are in the photo at the top of this piece.

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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

    Good luck, Mike.

    Isn’t MGM technically a breach of the ECHR and the UN convention on human rights?

    I knew they wouldn’t talk about circumcision. They can’t. Talking about it wakes people up to reality.

    • Mike Buchanan

      It is indeed a breach of those conventions, and of course we presented that fact in our legal submission. The judge wouldn’t permit a screening of Tim Hammond’s talk at ICMI16, although there was plenty of time to show it, the CPS case being woefully brief and weak.