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A senior prosecutor was responsible for a "deliberate conscious decision to flout the rules of disclosure" that led to the collapse of a major trial, a judge has ruled.
Kingsley Hyland, head of the Complex Casework Unit at the Northumbria branch of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), was to blame for "a gross failure which has undoubtedly prejudiced the defendants and has resulted in an unfair trial," Mr Justice Cooke said in a judgment just released.
Joshua Rozenberg is an independent legal commentator who presentsÂ Law in ActionÂ on BBC Radio 4.
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