A piece by Richard Ford in today’s Times:
A former senior legal adviser to the director of public prosecutions has been accused by a teacher cleared of sexual assault of being a hypocrite over her views on rape.
Alison Levitt, QC, recently raised concerns over what she termed a police policy of automatically believing rape complainants after the collapse of two high-profile cases last month.
Her comments prompted Kato Harris, who was cleared in 2016 of raping a pupil, to call Ms Levitt “completely hypocritical”. Ms Levitt was said by a judge to have put enormous pressure on the police and CPS over the investigation that led to his prosecution. Judge Martin Edmunds, QC, said that there was nothing to suggest that those acting for the pupil’s parents had acted improperly or that their actions had prevented the police and CPS from conducting a proper inquiry. Mishcon de Reya, where Ms Levitt is a partner, declined to comment on Mr Harris’s remarks.
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