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

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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He then made a formal allegation to police that Miss Baker had perverted the course of justice.
The CPS said its initial investigation had focused on allegations that officers dealing with a protected witness and their immediate superiors had perverted the course of justice by failing to record and report that the witness had potentially stolen a sum of money.
The charge says they perverted the course of justice, by concealing the true details of how he received his injuries.
It was also claimed he perverted the course of justice in relation to his investigation of other alleged assaults.