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 with 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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Layla Wallis, from Trevithick Close in Newport, admitted one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
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.
His ex-wife Vicky Pryce also faces being charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice after claims that she accepted penalty points on her licence after her husband was caught by a speed camera on the M11.
A 23-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
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.
Adrian Atkins, 33, was charged with criminal damage and attempting to pervert the course of justice after allegedly throwing a brick through a window.
A POLICE officer who pepper-sprayed a handcuffed man in the back of a police car has been found not guilty of assault and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is looking at whether offences such as conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and perverting the course of justice were committed after the 1989 tragedy.
Constance Briscoe, handed an honorary doctorate by the University of Wolverhampton, is currently serving a 16-month jail sentence for trying to pervert the course of justice.
Both men denied conspiring to pervert the course of justice.