Second top judge faces probe over ‘defence’ of paedophiles after links with controversial campaign group are exposed
- Chief Coroner Peter Thornton faces probe by judicial watchdog
- Thornton criticised the prosecution of the leader of the paedophile group
PUBLISHED: 23:27, 22 March 2014 | UPDATED: 23:27, 22 March 2014
The second senior judge exposed as a defender of paedophiles’ rights is also now under investigation.
Peter Thornton, the Chief Coroner for England and Wales, faces a probe by the judicial watchdog after comments uncovered by The Mail on Sunday.
He will not sit as a judge in criminal cases while the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office looks into what he said about child sex campaigners while head of a controversial civil liberties organisation.
Police hold back outraged mothers as they attack members of the Paedophile Information Exchange with eggs, stink-bombs and rotten fruit as they arrived for their first open meeting in London
As a barrister, Mr Thornton criticised the prosecution of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) after its leader was jailed.
And while chair of the National Council of Civil Liberties (NCCL), he then wrote to a paedophile saying: ‘Our policy . . . is a reduction in the age of consent to 14.