Call for High Court ruling on foreign satellites

By James Wilmore

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A solicitor involved in the foreign satellite system debate has called for a High Court ruling on the issue. Paul Dixon, of legal firm Molesworths...

A solicitor involved in the foreign satellite system debate has called for a High Court ruling on the issue.

Paul Dixon, of legal firm Molesworths Bright Clegg, who represented Portsmouth licensee Karen Murphy last week, said it would be "better for all concerned" when the matter reaches the High Court.

Ms Murphy, of the Red, White & Blue in Southsea, failed in her Crown Court appeal against her conviction for screening live Premier League football using a foreign satellite system. She is now faced with fines and costs totalling £12,000.

Mr Dixon said: "The decision of His Honour Judge Pearson in Karen Murphy's appeal at Portsmouth Crown Court only serves to add confusion to this complex and technical area of law.

"In the Gannon appeal at Bolton Crown Court in March 2006 His Honour Judge Warnock said categorically that showing live FA Premier League matches using legitimate foreign satellite systems is not a criminal offence.

"Last week His Honour Judge Pearson decided that it is. The fact that two Crown Court Judges have made contradictory decisions merely supports the view that I have expressed on a number of occasions, namely that the sooner one of these cases reaches the High Court for a definitive ruling the better for all concerned."

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