In the second of his two pieces, the author proposes a series of changes to ensure that the right balance is struck: convicting the guilty while not ruining innocent lives.
In the first of two pieces, the author describes how he was needlessly put through hell for 15 months – after which a jury duly took only ten minutes to clear him.
A focus on formal qualifications is a good start, but surely any programme is incomplete if it doesn’t tackle the underlying drivers of hate crime.
The hard paradox is that while older people are electorally powerful – perhaps more than ever – they are also individually vulnerable.
Individuals must be held account. It is the least we owe the relatives and patients. But we should be precise and forensic in focusing on areas where further reforms can make the most impact.
We remain the only country in Europe to detain people indefinitely for the purposes of immigration enforcement, at large financial and human cost.
The Prisons Minister says reducing the numbers incarcerated for under a year “would be good for public safety, good for the individuals and good for the prison system”.
Yet another case that undermines public confidence in the Crown Prosecution Service and the police.
These concerns, however, often only add to the need for us to remain ethically and democratically engaged, particularly regarding the most emotive cases.
The Secret Barrister has attained a great success with his account of a legal system infected with squalid incompetence.
Plus: Gauke’s failure, UKIP chaos, Salmond’s Russia Today shame, Corbyn’s anti-semitism debacle…and an invitation if you live near Bath.
All credit to the brave victims who brought the legal challenge, and to those who backed them. But the Government should have fought the decision in the first place.
Many women’s lives could be transformed by the right approach – this issue must not be neglected or forgotten amid bigger and more newsworthy events.
One of the complaints that came up from the groups I ran – particularly from those from minority communities – is that some people get treated more leniently than others.
To shut off consideration of realistic and achievable ways of supporting the Government’s Brexit objectives would be irresponsible.