Supreme Court announcement and The Independent 10th November.
The Solicitors Journal also covers this story.
Law and Lawyers has previously looked at this case. Please see "Parliamentary Privilege and the expenses claims - 9th February 2010" and, most recently, "A world apart from ordinary justice - almost a parallel universe - 20th October."
A great deal has been made of this case and, no doubt, considerable amounts of money have been spent. The Supreme Court has reached a sensible, and with the greatest of respect, obvious ruling which is in line with common sense. Parliamentary Privilege has the purpose of protecting members in relation to what they do in debate and in parliamentary committees. It is understood that the men received legal aid - see BBC 12th April. This was granted before "means testing" was introduced into Crown Court legal aid. Costs to date are likely to be in the region of £3m.