You what?

Women targeted by Worboys are devastated by the imminent release of the black-cab driver, who “denied his heinous crimes and then forced [victims] to endure the torment of a criminal trial”, said Richard Scorer of Slater and Gordon.

Asking to be tried is in itself an offence these days?

8 comments on “You what?

  1. This business of victims having their own lawyers is odious.

    (I assume Warboys has insufficient assets for personal injury specialists Slater and Gordon to feel it worthwhile to get involved).

  2. Edward Lud: Because the CPS have been doing such a good job since taking over from police prosecutors, right? Thank god there’s noone with the slightest actual connection to victims of crime involved, noone who actually cares about anything beyond getting as close to an 100% conviction rate as possible, and damn the victims and the police. Would be terrible if there were actual advocates for the victims involved.

    Do we not implicitly recognise that there is a cost to both society (primarily of a monetary nature) and to victims when a trial is held for something that a criminal actually did, when those who are tried and found guilty are sentenced more harshly than those who, guilty, do not try their luck?

  3. @Paul Rain: It’s up to the State to prove he did it. There should be no ‘extra penalty’ for the accused because the prosecution had to do its bloody job!

  4. Paul Rain, my personal preference is for private rather than public prosecutions. That aside, you misunderstand my complaint, which goes to ambulance chasing – to no good purpose in cases where assets are scant.

  5. Edward,

    “my personal preference is for private rather than public prosecutions. ”

    Do you mean for all crimes against the private person?

    It seems to have worked well in the past and has much to commend it. I was listening to the author of this free book and its now on my reading list:

    Almost forty years ago I became interested in the legal system of saga-period Iceland, a society where if you killed someone his relatives sued you. Trying to make sense of it taught me interesting things not only about that legal system but about law enforcement more generally. Some fifteen years later I got interested in criminal law in eighteenth-century England, a system where prosecution of crime was private, usually by the victim, where all serious crimes were capital but only a minority of those convicted of capital crimes and only a small minority of those charged with them were actually executed. It too was interesting.

    ..

    The underlying idea is simple. All human societies face about the same problems. They deal with them in an interesting variety of different ways. All of them are grownups–there is little reason to believe that the people who created the legal systems of Imperial China, Periclean Athens, or saga-period Iceland were any less intelligent than the creators of the U.S. legal system. All of the systems should be taken seriously, each as one way in which a human society dealt with its legal problems.

  6. Anyway, it appears that most of the Rochdale rapist-gang are now out, and yet nothing on this from the Labour Party. Perplexing.

  7. JuliaM

    He did it. Many times over. Proven beyond all reasonable doubt.

    The crimes here are not prosecuting properly and not throwing the key away.

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