R v France

Criminal law – Misconduct in public office. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, allowed an appeal against conviction by a former junior crime reporter of The Sun newspaper, for an offence of encouraging a public officer to commit the offence of misconduct in public office, namely, by paying a then serving police officer for information, which followed, written articles. The court held that the jury had not been provided with legally adequate directions tailored to the circumstances of the case. Accordingly, the conviction was unsafe and would be quashed.

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