Times contempt challenge thrown out in Strasbourg – Adam Wagner
In the case of Michael Seckerson v United Kingdom (App Nos. 32844/10 and 33510/10) the European Court of Human Rights rejected as “inadmissible” Times Newspapers’ challenge to its 2009 conviction for contempt of court. The decision, which was made by seven judges, is a good example of an early stage “strike-out” by the Court which is nonetheless a substantial, reasoned decision
This case demonstrates that prosecution for contempt for breach of the secrecy of the jury room is not incompatible with Article 10.