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Old 25th Oct 2004, 16:33   #1
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Default Protecting the victim or skewing justice?

I found out today that the government is planning to change the legal system in England and Wales to make juries have access to someone's criminal record instead of just the facts pertaining to a case as they do now and have done for hundreds of years.

The government clearly hopes that less people who are guilty will slip through the net. And if it means there are less sex attacks on children then great. The trouble is doesn't this system skew justice? People who have a record may be judged guilty more on their history than on the facts of the case.

Also, as the tabloids rarely mention when they're screaming about soft justice is that if innocent people are convicted then that means the real perpetrators are still out on the street, and are free to commit more crime.
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