Who was Jared Botham?

Jared was his mum, Vicky’s, first born, arriving into this world on Sunday 20 February 1994. Vicky was a young mum, only 19, but so excited for what the future held. She described Jared as a perfect baby, he didn’t cry a lot, he slept and he fed well, but at his 6 month check-up […]

Crowdfunded #OpenJustice 2018-19

Last year, at the conclusion of the HSE prosecution of Southern Health I had a number of conversations with people about crowdfunding my open justice work longer term. It was suggested that some people might be prepared to pay an amount monthly to help out with my costs and to cover my time. As uncomfortable […]

#RROAppeal What price scrutiny and transparency in the Family Court?

This time last week I was sat in *the* grandest room I’ve ever tweeted from. Court 33 at the Royal Courts of Justice, on the couple of occasions when I looked up to the high ceiling I couldn’t help think you could fit at least another floor, maybe two in if space were tight. I […]

Live tweeting inquests and chasing open justice

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve blogged and I’ve yet to venture onto twitter personally this year. Indeed I’ve sent a grand total of 5 tweets, all from @JusticeforCol and the last one said We'll not live tweet today, will be dealt with ahead of inquest in March #JusticeforCol — JusticeforCol (@JusticeforCol) January […]

Crowdsourced #OpenJustice Work Month 1

Just over a month ago I took the plunge and asked the twittersphere if they’d pay me a £1 a month (or any amount greater than that) to support my Open Justice work, live tweeting inquests and other court cases and tribunals. I’ve deliberately not collected email addresses because I don’t want to get into […]

Ask without shame #OpenJustice

A couple of months ago my big bruv was visiting my Mum (we live next door to each other) and he popped in, sort of uninvited one evening, in the way your big bro never needs an invite. This was cool, until he sat on the sofa like the ghost of my father, and launched […]

Ongoing open justice work: can you spare £1 a month?

Still a bit shell shocked at the outcome of the HSE sentencing of Southern Health this week. You can catch up on the tweets @JusticeforLBHSE, the full judgement is available to read here and the family statement here. The HSE hearing was the fourth inquest or tribunal that I’ve live tweeted and as #JusticeforLB starts to […]

Why did people support the JusticeforLBGMC crowdfunding campaign?

When it became apparent that the GMC would bring a case to have Dr Valerie Murphy, LB’s consultant psychiatrist struck off the medical register, thoughts turned to whether we should live-tweet it. There’s more about my thinking here but essentially it came down to the opportunity to shine a light on these really rather murky […]

A month to go #hairhack

If you missed it at the weekend an amazing thing happened and Amanda Palmer, musician, connector, gracious lovely person shared my blog post on facebook with her fans, adding a commentary and exploring the point I made in the last post about people choosing to focus on her eyebrows, rather than her talk. I added […]

All you’re seeing is the tip of the iceberg!

A month or so ago I wrote about positive fundraising and a bit about crowd-funding on my work blog, you can read it here if you’re interested. It led to quite a lot of discussion on twitter about the role of positive and negative in getting attention to your product or brand, and also a […]