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Juries should not be given details of previous convictions

01 January 2001


Responding to alleged Government proposals that juries should be told of previous convictions, Deborah Clark, Director of Public Affairs at Liberty said

"Juries have to ask themselves whether there is enough evidence in each case to convict beyond reasonable doubt. Introducing details of previous convictions, may lead juries to convict where there is insufficient evidence and therefore to miscarriages of justice."

"The proposals, if true, could mark a fundamental shift away from the presumption of innocence."

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'The use of reasonable force'

01 January 2001

Anne Widdecombe announced a new Tory policy suggesting that people who attacked intruders should be presumed innocent unless there was evidence that excessive force had been used.


Deborah Clark, Director of Public Affairs at Liberty was perplexed...

"Miss Widdecombe's proposals are no different from the current law, which allows a house-holder to use "reasonable force" to defend themselves and their property.


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