A repeat of the 1990’s FETTESGATE MAGIC CIRCLE boys-for-sex-with-judges scandal is on the cards, according to Scots legal insiders after it became known senior members of Scotland’s legal establishment including some of the country’s most senior judges, Police, prosecutors and Holryood politicians have been shaken by the arrest of crooked lawyer David Blair Wilson for the attempted smuggling of drugs into Saughton Prison in Edinburgh. Judges and their colleagues in the legal world are rumoured to be worried that enquiries into the life of the lawyer who once claimed to have compromising pictures of top law officers & prosecutors from the Crown Office caught up in gay sex orgies with young men & juveniles may reveal the Magic Circle of boy swapping Scots justice figures has existed all along, despite a report in the 1990s by the then WA Nimmo Smith QC & JD Friel, Procurator Fiscal for North Strathclyde which attempted to put a lid on the dealings of judges whose decisions were rumoured to be influenced by blackmail using compromising information & pictures relating to rent-boys.
A legal insider speaking to Scottish Law Reporter has claimed there are moves to persuade Blair Wilson to take a guilty plea rather than allow him to plead not guilty because many senior figures in the legal community fear press enquiries into what Blair Wilson has been up to and who he was allegedly supplying drugs to, may lead to a 2011 version of the Magic Circle justice scandal landing on the front pages.
The Report on an Inquiry into an Allegation of a Conspiracy to Pervert the Course of Justice in Scotland which can be viewed online here : REPORT ON MAGIC CIRCLE GAY JUSTICE SCANDAL (pdf) was widely rubbished as little more than an attempt to cover up well known habits of certain judges & prosecutors in Scotland who sought & gained sexual contact with males under the ages of 18 and less than 16. With the arrest of Blair Wilson, the judiciary & Crown Office staff who appear to have continued the habits of the Magic Circle are now worried for their own positions.
Blair Wilson is mentioned in the following paragraphs of the report : “At the initial meeting with the reporting officer Crawford was asked to elaborate on the matter concerning Mr Douglas Allan and confirmed that he had informed DC Few that these photographs existed. He claimed that during the summer of 1988 he had been in the "Laughing Duck" public house 24 Howe Street, Edinburgh, along with Conroy and another male homosexual associate of Conroys, David Blair Wilson, then of Wilson Terris & Co., 22 Hill Street, Edinburgh, when he noticed another male customer continually looking at Conroy and smiling to him. As he was having a relationship with Conroy he asked who the apparent admirer was and was informed by Conroy in the hearing of David Blair Wilson that it was "Douglas Allan" the Procurator Fiscal, the "Top Law man in Edinburgh".
Conroy and Wilson informed Crawford that David Blair Wilson had compromising photographs of Douglas Allan along with a "young guy", Crawfords understanding was that although Conroy was present he was not the young man involved in the photo session."
Although the meeting on 3January 1991 was between Souter and Crawford alone, thereafter the investigation was carried out by Souter and Detective Sergeant Peter Brown together. There was a further meeting between them and Crawford on 14 January 1991, when Crawford repeated much of what he had said on 3 January. On 25 January 1991 Souter and Brown met Conroy in Parsons Green Terrace, Edinburgh.
According to the memorandum he "agreed to speak off the record regarding his involvement as a juvenile with homosexuals in the legal profession and although he denied that he had personally had sexual relationships with anyone he claimed that he was aware of the homosexuality of" a number of persons whom he named, one of whom was Douglas Allan.
The memorandum proceeds: "He claimed that his only knowledge of these men was hearsay but that Douglas Allan is a friend as is his own solicitor David Blair Wilson. He claimed that these people had all at some time attended parties ... in Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, at which young men attended and where alleged sexual activities occurred." He agreed to provide a written account of these matters, but in the event he did not do so.
SHAMED JUDGE TAKEN ON BY SNP LEGAL PROJECT : Earlier this year, Scottish Law Reporter covered the SNP’s recruitment of former High Court judge Lord Dervaird to their Scottish Arbitration Centre pet project run by lawyers close to the SNP. Dervaird himself was forced to resign from the bench in the earlier Magic Circle gay justice scandal, more of which is reported here : Ex-Court of Session Fettesgate Judge Lord Dervaird made Hon Vice President of SNP/Law Society backed Scottish Arbitration Centre
A BOY IN THE BOOT : In one rumour circulating the Scots legal world relating to one of the most prominent figures in Scotland’s legal establishment who regularly appears in newspaper articles promoting the interests of the profession and has even appeared in front of msps at the Scottish Parliament, it is claimed that after playing a round of golf with colleagues, the ‘senior legal figure’ opened the boot of his car to show off a young boy under the age of sixteen who was hiding under a cover which he was transporting to his “country home” for sexual purposes. (Sorry, need some air after reading this one – Ed)
POPPERS : A source has also claimed an individual from the gay scene in Edinburgh has allegedly come forward, volunteering information he has directly supplied senior legal figures with illegal drugs and also “poppers”, a kind of narcotic stimulant used in gay sex.
There is little doubt in the Scottish legal community that several judges, prosecutors & senior lawyers “have the potential to be implicated in a new gay justice scandal due to their sexual preferences for young men and other habits” and it has been confirmed to journalists already looking into the affair there is significant anger from legal circles directed at Lothian & Borders Police for making the arrest in the first place. However Police source say they are determined to act against any criminals (Oh really ? Another break in of Fettes on the cards is it ? – Ed)
The Sunday Mail newspaper reported on the Blair Wilson arrest :
Police swoop in prison car park to arrest lawyer accused of smuggling attempt
Oct 9 2011 Exclusive by Stephen Stewart, Sunday Mail
A LAWYER has been accused of trying to smuggle cannabis into one of Scotland's toughest jails. Police swooped on solicitor David Blair-Wilson after guards at Saughton prison, Edinburgh, raised the alarm.
Blair-Wilson was arrested and charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act after police searched a car in the prison car park on Thursday. He was quizzed at St Leonard's police office in the capital where he complained of chest pains. He was then transferred to the city's Royal Infirmary where he was held under police guard, though he has since left hospital.
A police spokesman said: "A search was carried out of a vehicle within the prison car park and drugs and other items associated with organised crime were seized."We continue to gather intelligence on organised criminals - including those serving time in prison - and will act on any information relating to illegal activities."
Blair-Wilson was found guilty of professional misconduct by Law Society chiefs eight years ago after numerous complaints. He was given a 10-year ban, preventing him working with legal transactions of a financial nature.
He avoided being struck off but was ordered to work under supervision for 10 years. One client accused Blair-Wilson of giving false information on his behalf to a court while another said he misled him. A clinical psychologist and legal assistant accused him of failing to pay fees they were owed. Blair-Wilson failed to respond to the Law Society's concerns and ignored repeated demands to hand over his accounts.
He was previously a criminal law specialist and worked for Nigel Beaumont & Co in Edinburgh. Since qualifying as a lawyer in 1982, he has worked for nine different law firms. He now works for Edinburgh solicitor Massimo D'Alvito. Mr D'Alvito said: "I didn't know anything about this. It came as a shock to me."
In 2007, lawyer Angela Baillie - dubbed Ally McDeal - was sentenced to 32 months in jail for handing over heroin to client Peter McConville in Glasgow's Barlinnie prison.