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Oh FFS... Oct. 13th, 2007 10:53 am
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7035533.stm

The government has been criticised for cutting the right of arrested suspects to advice from a qualified lawyer.

In a little-noticed change, from next February most people who are arrested and held in custody in England and Wales for minor offences will usually be denied the right to speak to a duty lawyer.

From: barakta
Date: October 13th, 2007 - 11:35 am (Link)
They snuck that in on the sly! That's appalling. I'd like my 'lawyer' thank you very much, someone with an actual law degree and legal requirements to do their best for me as their 'client'. Laywer-client privilege damnit.

And £4 million is shrapnel in government terms, really not much of a saving at all, especially not for the massive degradation in real and perceived loss of quality and human rights.