Convicting the Innocent?

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders launched a new campaign to manipulate the rules of evidence in rape trials to try and secure a higher rate of conviction. It does not seem to occur to the CPS that people who are not convicted are innocent.

The figures are said to be 2,910 trials and ‘only’ 1,070 convictions. If one pauses for thought this actually means 1,840 people were acquitted and were innocent. Many of them will have spent large amounts of time on custody awaiting trial. If this was any other area of Criminal Prosecution there would be enormous criticism of the Crown because at face value what is happening is that the Crown is substantially overcharging and bring weak and untenable cases to Court.

A low rate of conviction is not necessarily evidence of the acquittal of the guilty. It is more arguable that the Crown is prosecuting cases which should not be prosecuted.

Figures from recent Telegraph article; “Men must prove a woman said ‘Yes’ under tough new rape rules’.





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