Analysis

Evidence Blunder Delivers Latest Blow To SFO Credibility

Law360, London (April 27, 2021, 7:05 PM BST) -- The Serious Fraud Office suffered an embarrassing self-inflicted defeat Monday when the trial of two former Serco executives collapsed due to the watchdog's mishandling of evidence, delivering another damaging blow to the enforcer's credibility.

Simon Marshall and Nicholas Woods faced charges of artificially reducing Serco's profit margins on its contract with the U.K. government for the electronic tagging of offenders, but were ultimately acquitted because the SFO failed to disclose certain evidence to the defendants.

The Southwark Crown Court's decision to instruct the jury to acquit the pair is the latest in a string of examples of the Office failing to convict...

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