After this was read the presiding judge, Lord Bracadale, asked the jury to retrieve their copies of the Indictment against the two accused (you can find a copy of the indictment Here ) Mr Prentice then told the court that he was withdrawing charge one against Tommy Sheridan (that he attempted to subourn Crown witness Colin Fox to commit perjury) The Advocate Depute told the jury that the charge was being withdrawn only because the evidence came from one source, Mr Fox. and therefore there was no corroboration. Mr Prentice went on to say that this was not a reflection on the credibilty of Mr Fox but a matter of "Legal sufficiency "
Mr Prentice then listed a number of other portions of the indictment of Mr Sheridan that were to be deleted and were all references to the "Moat House hotel chapter" On the issue of the indictment of the co-accused, Gail Sheridan, Mr Prentice proposed to remove all parts of the indictment except for one portion : "that you had checked your diaries and the diaries of said Thomas Sheridan for November 2001 and November 2002 and that the entries confirmed that you had been at home overnight during every weekend in November 2001 and November 2002"
The judge, Lord Bracadale then asked Mr Sheridan to rise, which he did, and then told him that he was "acquitted" on charge one of the indictment. Mr Prentice then formally ended the Crown's case and court adjourned until tomorrow morning.