pervert the course of justice


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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
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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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A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "On Sunday, August 18, two men - aged 18 and 22 - were arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The charge of acting with intent to pervert the course of justice alleges that on August 16, 2017 he altered dates and erased a hard disk at Holyhead Town Hall.
Reilly, who did this to attempt to pervert the course of justice, was on bail at the time of the incident.
But police said the arrests were not over fraud, but conspiring to pervert the course of justice and intimidating witnesses.
Mills, 51, and Lawrence, 21, deny causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by helping in the removal of the body, trying to clear evidence of 24-year-old Lee's injuries and making false statements.
The response officer, from Sparkhill, has now been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and will appear in court tomorrow.
"The only evidence to support the allegation that the five officers conspired together to pervert the course of justice by collectively agreeing to omit details of alleged theft is statements allegedly made by one officer to another.
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.
Detectives handed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service setting out evidence they believe proves Huhne is guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice and speeding in his car.
Those arrested were: [bar] A 27-year-old man arrested in suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation; [bar] A 27-year-old man and a 19-year-old man, both on suspicion of possession of a firearm, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation and suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs; [bar] A 53-year-old woman a 48-year-old man and a 49-year-old man, all on suspicion of money laundering, and [bar] A 22-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation.
Mrs Hyett was originally questioned on suspicion of assisting an offender while Alice Meehan was questioned on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
He was opening the prosecution case at the trial of Huntley, 29, and his ex-girlfriend Maxine Carr, who is accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and assisting an offender.
He was remanded in custody on Friday, accused of her murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. His father Michael, 52, was remanded on bail on a conspiracy charge.
Adrian Atkins, 33, was charged with criminal damage and attempting to pervert the course of justice after allegedly throwing a brick through a window.