Ah, so they are screwing the system then

Dominic Raab has pledged to allow all rape victims to record their evidence in an attempt to boost prosecution rates.

Bang goes the right to confront an accuser, to question them properly.

Isn’t that an advance in civil liberty?

11 thoughts on “Ah, so they are screwing the system then”

  1. “He said initial tests had shown that the special measures had led to more guilty pleas because defendants were less likely to delay until the trial when deciding how to plead.”

    Does that make sense to anyone? Or is it just me that can’t see the connection?

  2. Bang goes the right to confront an accuser, to question them properly.

    Why would you want to do that, when you have a quota of defendants to be found guilty, regardless of guilt?

    Because that’s what they’re aiming for.

  3. @Julia – defendants being less likely to delay until the trial when deciding how to plead suggests that they realise that resistance is vain and a prompt guilty pleas might get them a shorter sentence.

  4. The Original Jonathan

    They’re not victims until after a court has found that they are a victim, so they’ll be recording their evidence after the trail? Seems a bit futile.

  5. @TMB and Boganboy: that should send chills down everyone’s spine even more! It’s the sort of thing we’d denounce in a banana republic.

    But then, if horse-face over in NZ can get away with medical apartheid and no-one seems to care, I guess all bets are off…

  6. The punishment is the process approach, plead guilty now and get a light sentence or wait 6 months on remand for a trial and take your chances, and if you lose the sentence will be much stricter
    They will be copying the Americans the plea bargaining legal blackmail system next if they haven’t already made steps in that direction

  7. Because we all know how rape victims tend to have all this preparation time to set up a hidden recording device.

    If only they tried this for Jeffrey Dahmer too.

  8. Taxi & Takeway Owner

    Will this apply to white trash girls raped Up North by men of Pakistani extraction?

    Asking for a friend…

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