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pervert the course of justice

To obstruct law enforcement from successfully, adequately, or quickly discovering who is responsible for a crime and administering justice. After it was discovered that he had tampered with the evidence, the crooked cop was arrested and charged for perverting the course of justice.
See also: course, justice, of

perˌvert the course of ˈjustice

(law) tell a lie or do something in order to prevent the police, etc. from finding out the truth about a crime: He was arrested and charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.
See also: course, justice, of
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'I did not attend the meeting, but it was in their statements, I did not say that they agreed to pervert the course of justice but it was my findings that proved that there was an agreement to pervert the course of justice.'
Detectives discovered a knife, cable ties and black bags at the apartment where the pervert subjected the youngsters to a horrific ordeal which lasted 20 minutes.
"I wasn't a pervert, but as long as I was able to protect them, that is all that mattered to them.
Roy Bartup, 58, of Natal Road, Brighton, was found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice by helping to dispose of Mr Hampson's body and 68-year-old Linda Rosenberg, Alexander's girlfriend, was convicted of committing acts tending or intending to pervert the course of justice after spreading false information about the victim's disappearance.
The pervert claims to have nude pictures of virtually every Premier League player, with one post saying: "My perfect day was when I seen Joe Hart in the shower for the 1st time."
They were questioned in connection with alleged offences of false imprisonment, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and misconduct in public office.
Police said: "A 29-year-old was arrested for attempting to pervert the course of justice after reporting for bail.
But between February 7 and February 10 at Wrexham police station and at Flintshire magistrates' court at Mold, with intent to pervert the course of justice, he gave his brother's details when he was arrested and booked into the custody suite, when he was charged and when he appeared in court.
However, the 58-year-old admitted in court to doing an act tending or intending to pervert the course of justice between March 12 2003 and May 21 2003.
ASOLICITOR and four others have appeared at court charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and making false statements in a car insurance scam.
The pervert - who cannot be named for legal reasons - was sent to Wheatfield Prison in Clondalkin, Dublin to start his 14 year jail term.
Police are investigating whether the girl was targeted by a pervert she may have unwittingly met on the social networking site.
Taylor, who was to appear before Gateshead magistrates today, is also charged with conspiracy to pervert the court of justice.
What bothers me, though, is when everybody goes back to some of my earlier work of the S/M community or Pervert la photograph of a hooded woman in leather pants, naked from the waist up, with a nipple ring and the word PERVERT carved above her breasts] and then wonders, Why is she is doing work about cities?
Former janitor Huntley, 28, is accused of murdering Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, both 10, and of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.