Flyin'Dutch' wrote:Any miscarriage or non-delivery of justice is a tragedy.
That goes without saying Frank, but it does not address the imbalance. IMO it's insufficient to shrug our collective shoulders with statements of fact whilst continuing to subject the innocent to the injustice. Being innocent until proven guilty is becoming more difficult as a consequence of media developments. Even when proven innocent the media influence on the accused's life does not simply evaporate.
@Sooty25's suggestions would redress the balance somewhat. From the handling of a number of the high profile cases I don't think the argument of encouraging others to come forward is sufficient justification. A successful prosecution does not prevent subsequent prosecutions. Whereas naming the accused in high profile cases has been proven to encourage non substantiated claims with temptation for inappropriate collaboration between accusers and are more importantly inappropriate behaviour in the media resulting in pressure on the police resulting in them seriously failing in their duties.
Take this thread alone, even after Salmond has been cleared on all charges posters attacking him for his character, politics…
Are there grounds for prosecutions for perjury and perverting the course of justice.?
No idea in this case, however it very, very rarely happens even when blatant lies have been told. Proving someone has intentionally lied is extremely difficult.