I couldn't agree more. Yes racists scumbags deserve justice and nor do I have much sympathy for Norries who allegedly has had a hard time whilst inside, but double jeopardy was there for a reason - a very good reason. As with the RIP Act used against petty crime or terrorist legislation used against innocent football fans, the slippery slope is obvious, we all will be next: tried and tried again until they get the right answer.
No [I'm not happy about it], not because I’m some scumbag racist, no, not because it’s a bad idea that murderers go to jail. Rather, this:
But in 2005 a chink of light emerged when the double jeopardy rule was abolished, meaning the men could be re-tried.
Double jeopardy is one of our protections against them. Us as citizens against those who would rule us.
The abolition of it leaves us open to continual prosecution: if they don’t manage to get a jury to convict us first time they can just try and try again.
This is a very good example of why hard cases make bad law. That racist murderers go to jail, Hurrah!
That all 65 million of us are stripped of a protection in order to do so, Booo!
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
I'm glad I'm not the only one to have had doubts about Stephen Lawrence's trial, this from Tim Worstall: