Embattled human rights lawyer Phil Shiner is to face a public hearing after all at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, according to newspaper reports this morning. The Daily Mail and The Sun reported that they had succeeded in lifting an anonymity order which prevented reporting of any hearings or even the charges Shiner faces. Reporting restrictions were even extended to cover the reasons for Shiner remaining anonymous.However under the headline ‘Your turn, Sun-Shiner’ The Sun states today that ‘shamed “tank-chaser” Phil Shiner has dropped his demand for a secret hearing into allegations he smeared British troops’. The Mail describes the decision as ‘a victory for open justice’.The newspapers had mounted a legal challenge to bring Shiner’s prosecution at the hands of the Solicitors Regulation Authority into the public domain.But the details of allegations Shiner faces will not be released until a case management hearing has formally lifted the anonymity order. This is expected within weeks, and the Mail suggests Shiner’s substantive hearing will last six weeks, although neither the SRA or the SDT was able to confirm any details.Shiner’s firm, Birmingham-based Public Interest Lawyers, has brought claims against British armed forces on behalf of Iraqi civilians but these claims were dismissed following the Al-Sweady inquiry, which looked into allegations of murder and torture.The issue of Shiner remaining anonymous was debated in the Commons in September, when Canterbury MP Julian Brazier accused him of ‘trying to conceal ill-gotten gains by threatening those editors who are threatening to expose him with recourse to the Independent Press Standards Organisation on the basis of so-called mental health problems’.Public Interest Lawyers closed on 31 August a few weeks after the Legal Aid Agency terminated its legal aid contract. Shiner has denied any wrongdoing.
RelatedSpring Breaker goes missing after UMEPRESS Staff Report Police are searching for a 20-year-old Killeen man who went missing after attending the Ultimate Music Experience (UME) 2015 concert at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort on South Padre Island. Jordan Britten, a Central Texas College student, was last seen Friday according to his mother, Ilana Stone-Britten, who reported her son missing Monday. Britten…March 24, 2015In “News”UPDATE: Officials release Jordan Britten autopsy reportBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Officials have released the autopsy report of Jordan Britten, who was found dead on South Padre Island during Spring Break. His death was ruled accidental, according to the report. The cause of death was listed as “immersion hypothermia and drowning.” The report also…May 19, 2015In “News”Vigil held for Spring BreakerBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] A candlelight vigil was held Friday evening on South Padre Island to remember Killeen man Jordan Britten who was found dead last Thursday. Britten was on the Island for Spring Break and disappeared after attending an UME concert at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort. The…April 6, 2015In “News” By ESTEVAN MEDRANOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] Lynn Reynolds. (Photo courtesy Facebook).Jordan Lynn Reynolds, born May 4, 1990, went missing on South Padre Island the night of April 25.He was last seen at Clayton’s Beach Bar in the company of his father, and wearing red and white flower patterned swim trunks.A Facebook page entitled Help Find Jordan Reynolds was created to assist in search efforts and garnered nearly 700 likes before his father, Jeffery Reynolds posted a message to end the search, saying, “Omg call off the search !! He just texted me !!!! (sic)”Originally from Indiana, Jordan visited South Padre Island on vacation where he decided to remain, without notifying anyone. As Jordan said himself on his personal Facebook page, “Im not missing. Just needed to get away for a cppl days! (sic)”The community search page informed its many supporters who expressed concern and relief at the news that he was safe. The two day search ended Tuesday morning.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share
Mike Lineberry was the hard charger in his first trip this season to Boone Speedway.He’d like to qualify for the Modified main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s in his second.From Fremont, Neb., Lineberry isn’t sure how many times he’s raced at Super Nationals … it’s somewhere between eight and 10 … and like all drivers, taking the green in the Saturday show would be a career highlight.“Super Nationals is a good time. You get to see a lot of people you haven’t seen for a while,” he said. “I’ve never made the show. I’d like to do it once.”A pavement specialist – Lineberry runs a concrete plant – followed the Arizona Modified Tour early in 2018. He ran Saturdays at Eagle Raceway and was the $100 hard charger winner when he came to Boone Speedway to get some laps in a couple weeks ago.