The Home Secretary says that complainants in rape case might be permitted to give video evidence before a trial which will then be played in court. This is because such a practice ‘improves’ the rate at which people plead guilty. This is yet another example of trials being slanted towards the prosecution. It is blatantly unfair. The presumption of innocence is being thrown out. Those who make accusations will no longer be required to testify in court. They cannot be cross examined by the defence counsel. This is outrageous. Centuries old rules of evidence are to be junked to appease the aggressive feminist movement.
Rape is a grave crime. Those who commit this crime should spend several years in prison. Because this offence is so serious it must not be something that people can be easily convicted of. This is not like a wrongful conviction for shoplifting which is not seen as very opprobrious.
Liz Truss’ proposal must be firmly resisted. Why is it that getting more men to plead guilty is seen as an improvement? The government ought not to have a view on this. Why is betting more men to plead not guilty seen as a step in the right direction? This is part of a wider trend – a very worrying one – to remove safeguards in fair trials.