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Digital copy of Documents relating to a review of the case against Alan and Jane Maguire. Includes reference to Ian Christmas. [Some details redacted].

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Reference ZC/D/AW4/A5/17/WD007232
Date 5 August 2008
Scope and Content • Email dated 5 August 2008 from John Edmonds to William Bailhache titled The Maguires. Attaches a review note of the evidence in the case against the Maguires and a first draft of a press release. Includes remarks about making the Deputy Bailiff aware of the contents of the press release, referring to information in the public domain on the blog of Senator [Stuart] Syvret relating to Michael Birt and Michael [Danny] Wherry. Also refers to sending the press release to Graham Power. • Memorandum dated 5 August 2008 from John Edmonds, Principal Legal Adviser to William Bailhache, Attorney General titled Alan and Jane Maguire. Describes having conducted a review of the material of the case against Alan and Jane Maguire with a view to establishing the full effect of new material come to light since the original decision to halt criminal proceedings against the Maguires in 1998. Describes difficulties with the case, referring to issues regarding lack of corroboration of evidence and conflicting evidence, commenting on advice of Ian Christmas in 1998. Expresses satisfaction with the decision made in 1998, and comments on the prospect of conviction in light of the new evidence that has emerged since 1998. • Draft of a press release by the Law Officers' Department. Refers to the case against Alan and Jane Maguire in 1998, commenting on the media coverage about the case and the decision of the Attorney General to abandon the prosecution of the Maguires on the grounds of insufficient evidence. Refers to a review by the Attorney General of the decision made by his predecessor in 1998 regarding whether it would be right to reverse the decision that there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the case against Mr and Mrs Maguire. Refers to consideration of the evidence by lawyers and independent legal advice from Senior Treasury Counsel. Includes decision of the Attorney General that it would not be appropriate to seek to re-open the prosecution of Mr and Mrs Maguire. Includes a quote from William Bailhache, Attorney General concerning the decision.
Names Bailhache, William
Birt, Michael
Christmas, Ian
Edmonds, John
Maguire, Alan
Maguire, Jane
Power, Graham
Syvret, Stuart, Senator
Wherry, Danny
Wherry, Michael
Attorney General
Blanche Pierre Family Group Home
Children's Service
Law Officers' Department
Magistrate's Court
Operation Rectangle
Royal Court
States of Jersey Police
Keywords advice | allegations | Attorneys General | child protection | childcare | Children | children's services | Correspondence | corroboration | counsel | courts | E-mail | evidence | Family Group Homes | houseparents | IJCI | indecent assault | lawyers | legal advice | Letters | memoranda | offences | physical abuse | press releases | prosecutions | reviews | sexual abuse | trials | witnesses
Places 9-11, Blanche Pierre Close
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Language English
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Digital copy of Documents relating to a review of the case against Alan and Jane Maguire. Includes reference to Ian Christmas. [Some details redacted].


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