I was driving my car one evening and I heard this news over the radio:
“The government has moved to take action to clarify the law after a ruling by top judges which police fear could end anonymity for some witnesses.
The Law Lords ruled on Tuesday that a man convicted of a double murder received an unfair trial because witnesses gave evidence anonymously.
Police chiefs are concerned the ruling could effect many investigations.”
I mean – holy crap! We’re no longer allowed to be protected from possible reprisals? That the accused has ‘the right’ to know who is doing the accusing?
“…many defence lawyers argue it deprives their clients of the chance to properly test allegations because they cannot uncover whether the witness has an ulterior motive. “
Well shit. The way I see it, if you got nuffin to ‘ide ven you got nuffin ta worry about, right? Besides the police departments of Britain aren’t so incompetent that they can’t see thru a setup.
But truthfully, with gang culture and stabbings now all the rage, this really isn’t going to encourage people to say what they saw. Hopefully the govt will put some sort of law forward about this.
Bloody world. Seems more and more that the crims have more rights than the victims.