Jury's under attack
Thanks to Laban Tall's Blog for pointing out this latest idea on Juries:
Only enlightened people with correct views should serve. This initiative is a valuable first step towards that end.
Deliberations of juries in criminal trials could be studied, under plans being considered by the government.
Research could look at the key factors behind a verdict and whether there was any evidence of gender or racial bias.
So if you get sent down - get your brief to claim you was discriminated against by the Jury and suddenly a bunch of Human Rights Lawyers take over from the "Ordinary People".
I also expect that Juries will be required to make an undertaking that they aren't racist, homophobic etc etc before being allowed to judge. This the thin edge of a very large wedge.
This ties in with an interesting book I was sent the review copy of.
WHY THE D'ESTAING CONSTITUTION IS THE ANTITHESIS OF DEMOCRACY. by Kenn d'Oudney
He lays out the importance of Juries and "the special virtue of Magna Carta and the U.S. Constitution: they emplace Trial by Jury to protect citizens for all time from unjust laws and arbitrary government." And how the EU referendum threatens this.
I wish I could cut and paste a lot of his interesting arguements but I can't - you need to contact him to get your own copy - for a reasonable amount - I haven't got a website or email or even a phone number to give out (if he reads this please give me one) so it is snail mail to:
SCORPIO RECORDING COMPANY (PUBLISHING) LTD.,
27, OLD GLOUCESTER STREET,
LONDON WC1N 3XX,