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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Monday, 26 September 2016
THE NON TRIAL OF JOHN O` NEILL
The legal system, quite correctly, has provision to charge and if necessary take to trial those suspected of planning to commit disorder or worse. But this man is legally innocent of any such intent. By any standards it is a blot on the face of English justice that he has been made subject to such restraints in the same week that it was revealed that a Detective Superintendant was effectively sacked for allowing a murderer to incriminate himself willingly and without any coercion apart from the pleasure of smoking a cigarette whilst so doing.
The activities of police with regard to what is known all too widely as domestic violence and victim orientated investigations are becoming increasingly arbritary in their acting as judge, jury and executioner where the ancient concept of innocent until proved guilty has become an anachronism.