Legal briefing

In an extraordinary case, Broadmoor Hospital Authority and a psychiatrist there sought an injunction to stop a patient with paranoid schizophrenia, who had been convicted of manslaughter and was detained in the hospital, from publishing a book, Armageddon Ahoy. The hospital also wanted his publishers to hand over any copies of the book, which gave details of the crime and the killer's justification for it. A key reason for the murder was to get publicity and become famous. The Court of Appeal, headed by the Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, refused to grant the injunction but urged the media not to write about the book or, indeed, about the judgement (which the hospital unsuccessfully tried to persuade the court not to publish). Curiously, however, the judgement has been put on the court service website for all to see.

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