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Topic History of: Ridiculous
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hedda this worries me in that- after the horrible recent murder case and media speculation and gossip it's assumed all police accused must be guilty. Of something.

The media has always intimidated, or tried to intimidate the judiciary and they often succeed.

And all they want is a Good Story.
md Ryan’s Daughter springs to mind. In the old days, a few narrow minded tongues wagging exaggerated, misleading or false claims could cause as much devastation within a village or small community as the media is now doing on a national or global scale.
Green Man JK2006 wrote:
Love this.

Looks like my partner chatting to her neighbours every afternoon.
Honey Would an unrestricted ankle tag work instead of jail for those cases?
Wyot JK2006 wrote:
If there had been no media coverage (as there normally is not - unless the victim is young, pretty and female) he'd be automatically granted bail.

You are right and the more I think about it the more concerned I get too. He could as you say have had restrictions: now they can use electronic tags to basically "remand" someone in their home. He could have been made to sign in at a Police station 3 times a day.

The presumption should always be for bail.

So what was the reason to deny bail to a man who may be innocent?

No one will pick it up, of course, because it is "good" to be seen to be against rape. New social media will crucify anyone who "defends him" and fail to draw the distinction that it is defence of our fundamental rights to a fair trial & the presumption of innocence, rather than a defence of rape or an individual.

Convicted before he is tried by a jury; even if found innocent in the end. The media really is out of control and it is hard to see a way to reverse this.

Brave and great leaders are called for.