Nicola Sturgeon’s plan to scrap jury trials for rape cases would see Scotland follow in the footsteps of the Nazis, the country’s senior female lawyer has warned.
Not entirely convinced that Godwin as the start of the conversation is entirely appropriate but I could be convinced.
A Scottish government consultation has raised the prospect of abolishing juries for serious sexual offences such as rape and attempted rape, which have a far lower conviction rate than other offences.
No. The jury is our backstop against the government deciding to sling people into jail. That’s what it’s for. The whole aim and purpose – even if English and Scottish law likes to mumble about this – is jury nullification. Nope, that’s not a crime. We don’t care what you rulers say the law is, care nowt for current fashion. We the people say this ain’t a crime. So, bugger off.
That’s the entire point of the jury system. Especially, mark this, when there’s political pressure to be jugging more people for it.
So, you know, a careful, considered and moderate response to this idea. Fuck off.