Again, feminists have corrupted the justice system, so more innocent men will end up with lengthy custodial sentences. A piece in today’s Times:
Rape victims will be allowed to give evidence on video before a trial and should have their phones returned by police within 24 hours to help improve plummeting conviction rates, under a government review unveiled next month.
Charging rates have fallen in five years from 8.3 per cent of offences to 1.5 per cent. The review will also say that judges should prevent the public from attending trials more often to ease the pressure on victims giving evidence.
The Daily Telegraph reported that victims will be able to pre-record evidence including cross-examinations, which would then be played during a court case, under the proposals. The proportion of victims withdrawing from prosecutions has doubled from 20 per cent to more than 40 per cent in five years.
Dame Vera Baird, the victims’ commissioner, believes that greater use of pre-recorded evidence is essential as increasing numbers of rape victims “gave up on the justice system and walked away” due to the trauma of being questioned in court.
The plan is part of a review led by Robert Buckland, the justice secretary, and Priti Patel, the home secretary. A report by Baird last year said predatory rapists are re-offending because they know they are unlikely to be prosecuted. She suggested that the rate of charges being brought had fallen because the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) had appeared to discourage prosecutors from pursuing weak cases, with the aim of achieving a conviction rate of 60 per cent or more.
The police referred 6,611 cases to the CPS in the year ending March 2017 but this fell by 22.6 per cent to 5,114 cases in the year to March 2019.
In the year ending March 2017, the CPS prosecuted 3,671 cases, compared with 1,758 in the year ending March 2019, a fall of 52 per cent.
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