Solicitor David Blair Wilson pictured outside court. DAVID BLAIR WILSON, a crooked solicitor well known for his part in the Magic Circle affair which exposed a sex-for-justice scandal involving liaisons between rent boys and members of Scotland’s judiciary & Crown Office, has been convicted of attempting to smuggle drugs and mobile phones into Saughton Prison during October 2011.
Blair Wilson was found guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh after a six day jury trial which heard the solicitor attempt to blame a younger male friend, identified as Steven Douglas who Blair Wilson told the jury was a drug dealer and who regarded Blair Wilson as a “surrogate dad”.
The trial judge, Lord Burns, granted bail to Blair Wilson until he is sentenced next month.
Sex for justice scandal involved Scottish Judges & male hookers, forced resignation of Lord Dervaird while others escaped. Scottish Law Reporter has featured coverage of the Magic Circle in earlier article HERE and also featured a report on the former Lord Advocate now Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC (born McPhilomy) key role in what was known at the time as Operation Planet, the drive to catch crooked judges & prosecutors who were swapping boys for favours in Scottish Courts, HERE
Lord Nimmo Smith QC’s REPORT ON MAGIC CIRCLE GAY JUSTICE SCANDAL, widely regarded by many as a whitewash of the corruption in the Scottish judiciary, identifies Dame Elish Angiolini who worked at the Crown Office at the time as a Senior Legal Assistant, under her maiden mane of Elish McPhilomy. It was clear from subsequent discussions, the report played a heavy part in formulating Crown Office policy on the prosecution of judges, lawyers & other members of the legal profession who were engaging in the illegal sex acts with other men & under age boys.
The Daily Mail newspaper has reported on David Blair Wilson’s conviction :
Lawyer tried to take drugs and phones into jail
'Magic Circle' solicitor's career over
By Brian Horne and Jim McBeth
A CROOKED lawyer with a colourful past has been convicted of trying to smuggle drugs and mobile phones into a prison.
David Blair Wilson was found guilty yesterday at the High Court in Edinburgh after a six-day trial.
The court heard the Dunfermline -based lawyer turned up at Saughton Prison, Edinburgh, in October 2011 to see Lee Brown, 35, who was serving 18 years for attempted murder and other offences.
Prison officer Graham Robertson checked the lawyer's ID and told him to pass his 'bulging' folder through a scanner.
Mr Robertson told the court: 'His body language changed. He became anxious-looking (and), began to fidget.'
Blair Wilson, 55, left and went back to his car taut when he returned the file was 'noticeably thinner'. A search of his vehicle by Lothian and Borders Police found the contraband under a seat.
Blair Wilson, who was disciplined by the Law Society ten years ago for being derelict in his duties as a solicitor, claimed it belonged to a drug-dealing friend, Steven Douglas, and alleged Douglas had used the car the previous evening.
The lawyer said that Douglas, who failed to appear to give evidence, regarded him as a 'surrogate dad'. He claimed Douglas had lost a valuable packet of heroin belonging to 'heavies' and had been threatened with death.
Blair Wilson said the contraband, worth nearly £3,000 behind bars, had nothing to do with him but admitted it was allegedly to be given to Lee Brown in the hope he would negotiate with the drug dealers on behalf of Douglas.
However, the jury convicted the lawyer by a majority of trying to smuggle three phones and three SIM cards into the jail.
He was also convicted of supplying cannabis resin, diazepam and body-building drugs.
The lawyer, whose 30-year career was in tatters last night, is no stranger to controversy.
In the 1980s, he played a key role in the 'Magic Circle' affair - rumours there was a clique of high-ranking homosexuals in the legal profession and that 'gay blackmail' had played a part in high-profile trials. Blair Wilson was the solicitor for fellow lawyer Colin Tucker, cleared of embezzling £50,000 from clients.
Tucker confessed to taking money but said he had been made to do it by a 'boss' who 'had a hold over him because he was gay'.
He is said to have provided his defence team with a list of highly-placed gays in the profession which 'proved' the blackmail claims.
An independent inquiry, headed by Lord Nimmo Smith, concluded 'there was no conspiracy'.
Blair Wilson will be sentenced next month.