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Old 26th Oct 2004, 12:01   #2
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This is a difficult one. On the one hand, the police and CPS who charged the accused, and the defence team all know the accused's history, and it must be very frustrating to know that this dirtbag has a record as long as your arm and is still getting away with what is probably a repeat offence.

On the other hand, you don't want some poor sod who's made a mistake in the past finishing up with lots of jail time when he is actually innocent because his record looks bad.

My solution would be to choose a number. Say 2 or 3 or 4. And if the accused has a record of <number> relevant offences, then it's valid to tell the jury.
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