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The Lords’ Eerie Swansong: A Note on R. (Purdy) v. Director of Public Prosecutions

8 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2009  

John Finnis

Notre Dame Law School; University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 1, 2009

Abstract

This casenote on R (Purdy) v Director of Public Prosecutions [2009] UKHL 45, argues that the very last decision of the Appeal Committee of the House of Lords was an ill judged, constitutionally unsound intervention in the execution and maintenance of a legislative public policy soundly conceived for the protection of the vulnerable (and for the upholding of a vital element of public morality). The right to private life cannot reasonably be taken to have the implications for prosecution policies that the Lords attributed to it.

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Finnis, John, The Lords’ Eerie Swansong: A Note on R. (Purdy) v. Director of Public Prosecutions (September 1, 2009). Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 31/2009; Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 09-39. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1477281 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1477281

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