The content of the Anglo Irish Bank tapes published in the Irish Independent could prejudice proceedings. Defendants might seek to follow the lead of Charles Haughey in 2000, when he successfully pleaded that because public opinion had been poisoned against him, he could not get a fair trial on charges of obstructing the McCracken tribunal. Photograph: David Sleator

A former director of public prosecutions, James Hamilton, presents a depressing choice in his warning that it would be “foolish” for the Government to(...)