|GD467/1/2/5||1983-1993||SMG/SHRG /Outright Scotland: important legal cases|
|Photocopies of doucments not writen by SMG, SHRG etc not listed, as are acknowledgements of communications that cannot be identified.,|
1938 High Court. Edinburgh, March. [Photocopy]
| 9 July
1970 photocopy of letter from Stanley Brown, Crown Agent, Crown
Office, Edinburgh to Colin Hervey, SMG.
I have received your letter of 1 July about the prosecution of hs in Scotland. The only offences exclusively relating to homosexual condust are as detailed by Mr Hill in his letter of 29 April. These are -
1. Sodomy, which is defined as the unnatural connection between male persons, and
2. Section 11 of the Criminal Amendment Act 1885 which provides that any male person who in public or private commits, or is a party to the commision of, or procures or attempts to procure the sommittsion by any male person of any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be guilty of an offence.
|23 June 1975 photocopy of letter from WH Caswell Probation Officer to Nation Council for Civil Liberties|
Re: [name given] d 1954 (20 years)
I am not sure if anything can be done in the case of the above you man.
This is a single man serving a two year sentence at Wormwood Scrubs whose EDR is 28.8.76 ... offence of buggery with another serving soldier of the same age. ... clearly an offence under military law the effect is that he is serving a sentence as a civilian for something which would normally be outside the interest of the lay and which would certainly never result in this sort of sentence ...
Also lettet from NCCL to Secy of State for Defence 24 Jul 1975.
|13 Dec 1976 letter from Malcolm Crowe, SMG to Lord Advocate|
... I am apalled to learn that the Paisley Procurator-Fiscal, standing in in another Sheriffdom, has prosecuted in the Sheriff Court a 15-year-old boy for sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girle contrary to s.5 of the 1885 Ciminal (Amendment) Act.
... boy concerned is considerably more naive than the girl ...
22 Dec 1976 reply form Crown Office
... there was no error regarding the age of the boy. ,, Crown Counsel ... carefully considered .. considered that the circumstances merited prosecution.
dated 6 August 1976 on SMG headed paper letter for publication
from Member of SMG Angus Robbie, Chairman, South Aberdeen Liberal
"THE SCOTSMAN, August 6 1976
POLICE AND INDECENCY
Your fron-page report (Scotsmn, JUly 31 ) of the conviction of a Glasgow District Councillor for indecently assaulting a policeman makes sorry reading. ... raises several questions.
First, why was it felt necessary to detail two young policemen in plainclothes to keep surveillance on a public lavatory? Surely the occasional but regular presence of a uniformed office and/or police car would have been a better deterrant to those who commit a nuisance. This, and the youth of th two plainclothes men suggest that the police were using "agents provocateurs".
THe remarks of P.C. Sheils that he could "take observations" of the adjoining lavatory cublice through a hole in the wall are particularly distasteful. IF that cubicle was being used by a perfectly lawy-abiding person would PC Sheils have been committing an offence by taking observations?
|8 Mar 1977 photocopy of letter frin Ian Dunn, Legal Action Committee, SMG to Minister of Education, Queensland re Greg Weir's Case .. to do with sex education in schools in Australia and a gay teacher.|
| 30 May 1977 letter from Sandr [?] to Malcolm [Crowe]
Name given ... new [female] member ... understanding husband ... divorce ... sympathetic solicitor. [Not clear quite what this is about.]
30 Aug 1977 p1 cutting: Candidate resigns after conviction
Further photocpy of unidentified newspaper article: Sex act ruined career in politics.
1 Sep 1977 typed carbon
copy: SMG Report to Executive Committee - Case of three men convicted
with buggery and indecency. Many corrections in pen.
RE Henderson, Advocate, surprised at conviction. sheriff Christie described as patrician, old fashioned, and 'respectable'. He would have expected £100 fine and a suspended sentence. Case unique - difficulty of proving whether act was in private of public and the fact that 3 were involved.
7 Sep 1988 follow up letter from Malcolm Crowe to Lord Justice Clerk, Court of Session, Edinburgh, Lord Advocate, Crown Agent etc.
Other letters date 10 Nov 1977,.
Start from here after hand written letter