Friday, January 26, 2007

Judges try to block UK rape trial reforms


Government plans for changes in the law to boost rape conviction rates are in disarray after the judges who would have to put them into practice told ministers they oppose them.

Since one of the proposed changes relates to alcohol and the ability to consent and since there was a study which showed that potential jurors are likely to excuse rape when the rape victim has been drinking, the idea that no changes are needed is clearly wrong.

Whether the change needs to be in the statute or a reminder that rape victims who had been drinking deserve justice as much as rape victims who weren't drinking.

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