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Blairite Assault on Our Liberties Continues

BBC News - Victim's Commissioner: End jury trials for minor crimes

"We should not view the right to a jury trial as being so sacrosanct that its exercise should be at the cost of victims of serious crimes," Ms Casey The ommissioner for Victims of Crime said.
"Defendants should not have the right to choose to be tried by a jury over something such as the theft of a bicycle or stealing from a parking meter."

Being found guilty of stealing a bike means you are a thief, a villain, untrustworthy, unable to be employed in many chosen careers and unwelcome in many others. If it is the fiftieth time you have been caught doing it then it isn't a big deal. But for some of us it would be and for some Blair favourite in a £100k non-job to propose wiping away our rights in a the name of convenience makes me want to brew up.

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But I thought this was already the case. Don't minor crimes get tried in Magistrates' Courts?

It would be cheaper still if the awkward little people would just plead guilty straight away.

No doubt that will be their next idea: they wouldn't arrest you if you weren't guilty, so you might as well own up and save yourself the trouble.

I can see it now: ""We should not view the presumption of innocence as being so sacrosanct that its exercise should be at the cost of victims of serious crimes," Ms Casey The ommissioner for Victims of Crime said."

And so on...

I suspect that "makes me want to brew up" does NOT involve tea and teapot.

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