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CHE (Campaign for Homosexual Equality) submitted a motion on a Statute of Limitation to this year's Annual General Meeting of LIBERTY (The National Council for Civil Liberty).

The motion had been passed unanimously by CHE in 2008 and CHE has been affiliated to LIBERTY for more than 20 years.

But just submitting this motion has resulted in LIBERTY chucking CHE out – after saying the motion was unacceptable for debate.

So much for LIBERTY
So much for free speech
So much for fair debate

More news later

Money Appeal

All the time we’ve been operating we’ve only had our own little bits of money Plus sometimes £20 or so for doing a talk to a Gay group - So we’ve not had a bank account.
But CHE have now given us £500 in a cheque. Ta.
And we’ve opened a bank account so we can now appeal for funds.

We also now have a PAYPAL account!

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CASE 6 - DON'T ACCEPT A CAUTION
 

NEVER GO GUILTY AND NEVER ACCEPT  A CAUTION  has been the advice we give consistently strongly.  Take a recent case – 2008 – come to us via the gay grapevine – because these are unreported cases.
Tom has a mobile phone that takes pictures and he’d bought a gay soft porn DVD of lads he says were all over 16 messing about sexually.  With his mobile phone Tom transferred some pictures from the video.  Why ?  To test the technology ?  To show off in banter in his local gay bar ?  For a bit of a lark ? Whatever the reason – that’s what he did, albeit that the images on the mobile were not very clear, and of course very small.
Tom then loses his mobile phone – but some kindly stranger finds it and hands it in to a police station.  By using numbers in his address book the police find out this mobile phone belongs to Tom and where Tom lives.  The police however, ever enterprising, had a little look at what else was in the mobile’s memory – and up comes Ye Porn.

Now although sex is possible between lads over 16 to be legally o.k. under certain circumstances – it is illegal to possess or to take images of them unless they are over 18.  So four officers make a call on Tom, in plain clothes. They point out to Tom his possession on his mobile of illegal material – but suggest they won’t prosecute because he wouldn’t want that, would he – with the attendant harassment and publicity etc. – if he accepts a caution, they will not proceed.
Tom seizes at the caution – “Yes” and he is formally cautioned. BUT, but within that caution comes a requirement to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register and that means his employers are notified.  He works as a cleaner at a school and he is sacked.

When a caution is issued it’s rare to have your lawyer present.  Tom didn’t.

And there is virtually no appeal against a caution.  In theory one could take a private prosecution against the police – that one was cautioned under duress.  What chances of that succeeding ?

In Tom’s case the evidence was so slight it is doubtful the police would have succeeded in persuading the CPS to make a prosecution – and doubtful if they did, it would be successful in court.

But The Mounties got their man – just by a caution.  There.  One understands it takes a lot of nerve to say in effect  “go on, you prosecute me.” – but a caution these days is a lot more than just a word in the ear.  Be aware. Of the cautionary tale of Tom.

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