Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.
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Wednesday, 3 August 2016
SILENT WITNESS & AN IGNORANT GOVT. MINISTER
Think about that. The necessity of a re-trial as he is discussing is because a jury cannot agree a majority verdict. And that in itself indicates that the evidence presented is not sufficient to erase that shadow of doubt in the minds of at least three jurors. The logical next step is that the evidence of witnesses at a re trial should be further cross examined to remove any lingering doubts before another jury. The very idea that the same video being presented to it which might have left unanswered questions at the previous trial should simply be replayed on the second occasion is frankly nonsense. Indeed it is more than nonsense. It is an abrogation of the function of a trial by jury. For such an opinion to be propounded by the minister responsible is a travesty. Once again the arrogance and ignorance of a senior politician is before us for all to see.