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My reply (which had to be put in two separate message since they've reduced the number of allowable characters in the "contact us" box by half since my previous message):
Thank you for your response to my inquiry of July 8. I can imagine a law society in Weimar Germany replying with just such an explanation for their silence as a Nazi judge presided over the lethal torture of a dissident in a Berlin prison in the 1930s. The only difference being that members of the Law Society of England and Wales don’t face a hundredth part of the danger faced by their Weimar counterparts for public dissent, making your silence far less morally defensible. It’s a red herring to say you are “unable to offer advice about court proceedings, or deal with complaints about the way in which a judge may have handled a case” since I did not request either one or the other. I presented you with facts about the subversion of the rule of law in your own country, an international scandal on the profession represented by your society. As a result of that subversion, one of the world’s most important journalists is being slowly tortured to death in a UK prison for his journalism. You could easily apprise yourselves of the shocking facts around this case and make a public statement about as a society if you took the fine words on your website about "safeguarding the rule of law”, “protecting everyone's right to have access to justice” and “defending human rights at home and abroad" remotely seriously.
“First they came for the journalists and I did not speak out because I belonged to an independent professional body for solicitors in England and Wales and could not become involved in individual cases or offer legal advice….”