“We wish to hear evidence…”It’s perhaps appropriate that I didn’t have time to blog about the election court’s Carmichael judgment this afternoon. I was giving a lecture to our young lawyers on Socrates, Plato, and that most basic and most intractable of questions, “what is justice”? Cast your mind back, if you can, to the two days of hearings earlier this month. The petitioners’ case is based on section 106 of the Represention of the People Act, which penalises making “false statements of fact” in relationship to the “personal character and conduct” of a candidate during a general election. The petition has next to nothing to do with Nicola Sturgeon, or at least not directly. Mr Carmichael is the candidate. By advising Channel 4 and the nation that he hadn’t the foggiest clue how the Scotland Office memo found its way into the public domain, the Orkney four argue that Mr Carmichael lied about his own personal character and conduct during the general election campaign.