Spectator in Stephen Lawrence contempt referral

The Spectator magazine was referred to the Attorney General today for contempt of court in the Stephen Lawrence trial.

Mr Justice Treacy told the Old Bailey he had decided to ask Dominic Grieve QC to consider an article by Rod Liddle in relation to a legal order in the case.

Earlier, the judge had asked the jurors in the case if they had read the article or whether they were subscribers to the magazine.

After indicating they had not, the judge told them: “I direct you not to read it.”

The judge also warned anyone, whether journalists or members of the public, they could also find themselves in contempt if they published or reproduced any part of the article.

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