Dec 6, 2018
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Socially engineered juries….what next?

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In her submission to Parliament during a debate entitled “Rape Myths and Juries”, Ann Coffey MP advocated several potential solutions to what she characterised as a “crisis” being the “low” conviction rate (32%) for young men aged 18 to 24 charged with rape. Leaving aside (for the moment) any challenge to the assumption that high conviction rates is a legitimate measure of the integrity/success of our criminal justice system, it was a seemingly throw away but incredibly dangerous proposition that caught my attention and should be of concern to every member of our democracy. 



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