All four cops ended up on trial along with Benson and William Kurr (plus a lawyer).
Wealthy businessman and Freemason Yonge escaped, he was too powerful to bring down.
Amid the furore of ' a crazy cop' little was said or printed about the police manipulating and twisting evidence to get convictions -- using criminal records on other people, who were particularly vulnerable, to beef up a thin case when they were quite aware they lacked real evidence.
THE 1970's were a playground for unaccountable cops and cops that turned a blind eye to what other cops did in the 'misconduct' arena.
Clarke was trapped, he'd been to Yonge's several times on invites - they were both brother freemasons.
All such investigations have been 'cosmetic' and ' a publicity stunt' in order to allay public fears.
Things got very difficult when they came up with virtually nothing -- the decision was then made to lean on friends and acquaintances' of Ward, -- and have them testify to false statements and fabricated evidence -- this order was leading the police into dangerous territory; Ward still had a few powerful friends he could call upon for support, and any questions in The House Of Commons would not be welcome by the Prime Minister.
The police continued to turn his friends by coercion and threats until all the selected witnesses told lies and anyone supporting him was suppressed. Justice Marshall failed to conceal his hate for Ward for bringing the scandal down on England.
Brooke was absolutely determined to get Stephen Ward by whatever means, fair or foul, and the latter was chosen.
So he went to The Metropolitan Police, and they were up for it.
It was obviously better to do this than allow the public to believe there may be widespread corruption in the force -- but this would have been so if the public had been aware of three other officers on trial with him were being sent to jail for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.