It became increasingly evident to me when the SMART trial began that the much-respected Judge, the late Mr Justice Laddie (above) was not impartial. That conclusion was reinforced in the “Judges Comments.” These were ill-informed remarks the Judge insisted on making about me after being deliberately misled by Shell about the true terms of a settlement of the case negotiated by the parties involved.
I later discovered to my horror that the judge had disturbing undeclared connections with Shell, which gave rise to a concern over the possibility of unconscious bias.
I do not pretend that my own views on the subject of this chapter are independent and unbiased. I have therefore supplied information and evidence in support of what I say so that readers can decide for themselves whether I have legitimate grounds to be concerned.
Although aware of both matters, the Judge expressed not the slightest interest in the burglaries or the uncover activity admitted by Shell. He actually quoted from a letter from me published by Marketing Week magazine on 25 February 1999, in which the undercover activity was mentioned.