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Child porn barrister who claimed Nazis planned to blow up the Queen fails to overturn disbarment

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No return to the bar for Michael Shrimpton

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📸 Michael Shrimpton

A barrister who falsely told the authorities that a Nazi-affiliated terrorist group planned to blow up the Queen at the 2012 Olympics has failed in a High Court challenge against being disbarred.

Michael Shrimpton, who also has a conviction for possessing indecent images of children, was handed a 12-month jail sentence back in 2015 over a hoax call to the Ministry of Defence. The ex-Tanfield Chambers advocate told officials that terrorists had retrieved a nuclear weapon from a sunken Russian submarine and were plotting an attack on Her Majesty during the 2012 London Olympics. A disciplinary tribunal later chucked him out of the bar.

Challenging the tribunal’s disbarment decision in the High Court, Shrimpton argued that he should have been allowed to produce evidence that would have proven his innocence. He had reportedly turned up at the tribunal hearing carrying a giant admiralty map showing the route taken by the terrorists to bring the nuclear bomb to London.

Shrimpton also claimed that the child pornography had been planted by crypto-Nazis to discredit him, which he sought to prove with the aid of technical reports by a “forensic examiner of digital systems”.

But Mrs Justice Jefford said that Shrimpton’s pitch would have allowed him to “re-run before the Tribunal every argument and defence that he had sought unsuccessfully to rely on in two sets of criminal proceedings (and appeals) and adduce every piece of evidence that he had previously sought to rely on”.

Dismissing the appeal, she added:

“Mr Shrimpton appears to believe that he can endlessly adduce further evidence and that the mere production of such evidence is sufficient to mean that the Tribunal ought to have gone behind his convictions and considered all matters afresh. That is unsustainable.”

It also emerged in the judgment that Shrimpton has requested a Royal Pardon, but to no avail.

While this may be the end of the line for Shrimpton career-wise, he leaves behind a potent legacy: Brexit. He represented the appellants in the famous Metric Martyrs case, Thoburn v Sunderland City Council , in which several market traders were successfully prosecuted for refusing to measure their goods in EU-mandated kilograms rather than pounds. Both the facts of the case and the judgment entrenching the supremacy of EU law became a Eurosceptic rallying cry in the 2000s.

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42 Comments

Anonymous

Shrimp potted.

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Anonymous

The metric martyrs case was one of the biggest Euromyths going.

There is not, and has been, no law against pricing goods in pounds and ounces.

What the law did do was mandate the use of metric, with the option to display an imperial price or measure as well.

Had the market stalls concerned used dual scales showing kg/g and lb/oz and prices marked “44p per kg/ 20p per lb” there would not have been a problem.

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Anonymous

This is wrong. From the first paragraph of the Thoburn judgment:

“These are four appeals by way of case stated. All of them are about the law relating to weights and measures. That may seem a dry enough subject. But the appeals raise issues which have excited much feeling. They concern the municipal legislation giving effect to the policy of the European Union (“EU”) to introduce in the Member States compulsory systems of metric weights and measures. So in the United Kingdom our imperial measures, much loved of many, seem to face extinction.”

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Scourge of God

You clearly did not understand the comment. There is no prohibition on using imperial measures, as long as metric ones are also used. This is perfectly sensible, given that:
(a) Fifty percent of the population nowadays has no idea what an ounce is, and
(b) Metric measures are objectively more sensible.

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Anonymous

No, I understood the comment. It is inaccurate in relation to the position at the time of Thoburn and wrong in relation to the position after 2009. There was an exemption for supplemental indicators (i.e. non-metric) which was in force until 1999 originally, and then extended to 2009. The whole point of that exemption was to soften the impact of what were mandatory requirements. So you are right that the parties in Thoburn could have done what you described. But part of the issue in that case was what happens once the full ban kicks in (which it has since 2009). Look at the Directive/read the case.

Anonymous

Actually the “full ban” which was due to come in in 2009 was repealed so that imperial measures as supplementary indications can continue in without limit of time.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2009/3045/pdfs/uksiem_20093045_en.pdf

The UK is neither fully metric nor fully imperial in any event.

If you drive on the roads in the UK, what do you see? Miles and yards.

Food packaging? Mostly metric, but imperial survives in two ways: dual labelling and imperial pack sizes. Ever wondered why sausages, jam, strawberries and a variety of other products are labelled 454g? It’s 1lb! Ever wondered why ground coffee often comes in 227g pack sizes? It’s really 8oz. Vinegar in 568ml bottles? It’s really a pint!

The vast majority of people think of temperature in celcius (metric) but even young people think of personal heights and weights in imperial measures.

Some “traditional”’ sweet shops sell weigh-out sweets per 100g. Others sell per quarter lb, which is lawful provided that the metric equivalent, 113g is also stated.

In the USA, which is regarded as the last non-metric hold-out, the law requires dual labelling of all packaged goods. Perhaps after Brexit such a law in the UK would keep everyone happy forever?

Anonymous

No, it would not keep the following happy:

– The UK Metric Association who want compulsory metric and no references to imperial to survive.

– The British Weights and Measures Association who want everyone to have the choice of using metric or imperial with no compulsion for either system.

You can never please everyone, no matter how hard you try.

The fact is that most British people, young or old, use a mix of metric and imperial in their everyday lives and that probably isn’t going to change anytime soon.

I agree with your suggestion for compulsory dual labelling, but I disagree that it will please everyone.

Shrimpy

Something fishy about his claims….

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Anonymous

F*ck sake dad, not again.

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Anonymous

Is he Oxbridge, though?

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Anonymous

Cardiff

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Anonymous

There is a university in Cardiff? I’ve learned something today.

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Anonymous

What’s Cardiff?

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Anonymous

Apparently it is a place in Wales, which is apparently only 200 miles from England. Who knew?

Ignatius J Reilly of Counsel

Yes. And apparently Wales has the same legal system as England. Who’d have thunk it?

Anonymous

A lot of these weird ex-colonies copy the English system. But they are always a pale imitation.

Crypto Nazi

He’s right, you know.

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Der Crypto-Nazis

See. Don’t mess with us.

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Anonymous

Bet Tanfield hate this

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Anonymous

I am doing my best to up the search engine responses to this story.

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Anonymous

Isn’t Boba Fides one of the bounty hunters in Star Wars?

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Pissed Off

What improper usage of the words child and porn! They do not go together!

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Scouser of Counsel

Correct.

The right term is “child abuse images”.

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Anonymous

And sheep porn? What do you call that? Other than exhilarating, of course.

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Anonymous

Wales

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Anonymous

Should have worn his medals to the tribunal.

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Ciaran Goggins

Best headline ever, in first place with “Gay vicar in mercy dash to Buckingham Palace”.

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Anonymous

So that’s what it takes to get yourself disbarred! I was beginning to wonder.

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Anonymous

He is freed up now to represent UKIP in the EU elections.

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Anonymous

A very fine legal brain for Fuckwit Farage.

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Drumpfenkrieg

Michael Shrimpton for Lord Chief Justice

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Anonymous

And Lord Harley for Masters of the Rolls. Or Pies.

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Drumfenkrieg

David Icke for President of the Supreme Court

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Anon

Well, if a medic can be convicted of causing the death of a child by gross negligence manslaughter and still be allowed to practise, then surely a few naughty pics and a conspiracy theory (plus map) should only warrant a fine or a brief suspension?

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Shhh! Not a doctor

Completely different. The doctor you are referring to was a scapegoat for the understaffed NHS hospital, with no support from her consultant. She was left high and dry and then thrown under the bus at first opportunity.

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Anonymous

No. The Court found that conditions in the NHS played no part in what happened.

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Anonymous

This is not correct.

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Anonymous

You think that child abuse images are “naughty pics”?

It’s really not funny to trivialise them in that way.

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Anonymous

Bye bye Shrimpy.

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Qanon

He knew the truth. It’s a cover up.

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ClanMother

Shrimpton is a real life hero – he put his head above the parapet on the issue of Olympics terror threat by the _D_V_D_ – the original Adm C@naris creation in 1944 . The _D_V_D_ run Roy Jenkins (mentor to Tony Blair – also their asset), Ted Heath the murderous peadofile, Ex cabinet secretary Haywood etc etc. Here is the REAL reason for the Parliament being in paralysis over BREXIT. Shrimpton is a patriot of a highest order.

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Anonymous

Hi Mikey. Back in your box until the man with the small guillotine comes.

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