Hang the bastards and hang them high.
Currently, section 16 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 gives courts the power to award costs that are \”reasonably sufficient to compensate the defendant for any expenses which he has properly incurred in the proceedings\”.
The last government wanted to introduce a scheme that limited these costs to legal aid rates, which would mean those who hired their own lawyers would be able to reclaim only around a quarter of their estimated costs.
And the current government wants to do this again.
Get accused, don\’t have a decent lawyer, go to jail.
Get accused, have a decent lawyer and prove your innocence, go bankrupt.
This makes being accused the punishment. Whereas the whole point of the justice system is to sort the guilty accused from the innocent accused and punish only those proven to be guilty. And the reason we set it up this way is to protect the innocent from false accusations by the State.
This is the point of juries, of defence lawyers, of double jeopardy, of Habeas Corpus.
They\’ve already got rid of, or at least tried to get rid of, three of the four (juries in complex fraud trials, double jeopardy, Habeas Corpus for those accused of terrorist crimes) and now they want to take down the last, defence lawyers.
The move is part of wide-ranging initiatives to curb the Ministry of Justice\’s budget…………..Ministers expect to save £40m under the proposals.
You miserable, ghastly, little cocks. There is no better use of the taxpayers\’ money than defending the freedom and liberties of the taxpayers. That\’s the first, foremost and primary duty of government itself.
Look though at what the money is actually spent upon:
The Ministry of Justice has been accused of wasting a \”colossal\” amount of taxpayers\’ money after spending more than £130 million refurbishing an old office block for its new headquarters.
Opposition politicians and union leaders have expressed astonishment at the cost of the project to create a new home for Justice Secretary Jack Straw and his staff.
The remodelling of the concrete tower block, next to St James\’ Park in London, cost £915 a square foot to complete – around 18 times more than a standard refurbishment would cost in the private sector.
In addition to the refurbishment costs, £2,745,000 was lavished on new furniture and fittings for the offices and £290,000 was spent on artwork.
I used to work just down the road from that and from memory Boris has kindly provided a plenitude of lamp posts in the area. And rope is cheap.
Innocents will be bankrupted so that Jack Straw could sit in a comfy chair and look at pretty pictures.
Who would begrudge me the return of capital punishment?