A rape victim facing a six year wait for justice says the offence has been “effectively decriminalised” by court delays.
The professional woman, in her 30s, wrote to the judge after being informed her case was being postponed for a second time, delaying it into the sixth year since she originally reported the crime.
Entirely agreed that such delay ain’t right. But the 6 year delay has also been hanging over the head of the guy who may well – might well, could be mayne – innocent. And a 6 year delay in trial is rather making the process the punishment for him. It’s actually possible to argue – given the the numbers – that the delay is more of a punishment than speedy trial would be.
No, think on it. X allegations are made, y trials take place, z convictions. If x is large enough and z small enough (as common complaint about rape being that they are) then long delays in y would mean a greater burden of punishment over the population than speedy trials would. Sure, each year of awaitin’ the trial is less of a burden than serving time is, but again, have enough worrying about having to face the beak and total burden could be higher.