In court yesterday (20 September), 28 members of Greenpeace, included its executive director Lord Peter Melchett, were acquitted on charges of criminal damage despite having admitted that they did actually perpetrate the act they were accused of, and even produced home video tapes of them doing it. The activists were protesting against the use of genetic technology in food production, which creates what they publicly brand "frankenfoods," and the environmental pressure group is said to be "delighted" with the victory.