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Collecting evidenceAndrianocz / Dreamstime.comBritish prosecutors say they have dropped 47 rape cases after finding police and prosecutors did not share potentially exculpatory evidence with defense attorneys. Prosecutors reviewed all active rape cases after several high-profile rape cases collapsed after defense attorneys received evidence at the last minute that undermined the prosecution.

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  • Eidde||

    "The police and (Crown Prosecution Service) set up a review of every rape and serious sexual assault attack case going through the criminal justice system in January and February this year. It examined cases where someone had been charged and pleaded not guilty."

    So we can be assured that cases in other months, or which didn't involve "serious" assaults, or where the defendant was forced into a guilty plea, don't have these problems, so aren't worth investigating.

    "All 3,000 prosecutors were receiving retraining."

    Oh, good, for a second there I thought people would be losing their jobs. Which would be unfair, because unlike regular citizens, you can't hold prosecutors accountable for complying with the law unless they've received special training in how to comply.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    SHE WAS FORCED TO APOLOGIZE. What more do you want???

    Well, not really forced. BUT SHE DID ANYWAY.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    This is ridiculous. On the one hand, prosecutors are violating due process rights of defendants in half the rape cases. On the other hand, there are allegations of UK cops turning a blind eye to statutory rape by Muslim men of Pakistani origin out of fear they will be called racist.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    there are allegations of UK cops turning a blind eye to statutory rape by Muslim men of Pakistani origin out of fear they will be called racist.

    This seems really hard to believe. That a cop, or anyone really, would permit rapes to occur out of fear of being called bad names.

  • sarcasmic||

    Ever notice that the people who cry the most about the Pakistani rape allegations are the same people who cry the most about illegal immigration? Ever notice what Pakistanis and people from south of the border have in common?

  • Shirley Knott||

    They both figure heavily in fallacies of composition?

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    Ever notice what Pakistanis and people from south of the border have in common?

    They're both targets of demagoguery from the political Right?

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    No respect for authoritah?

  • Z565||

    I'm Virgil and I'm guidin' you through the gates of Hell. We are now in the Ninth Circle, the Circle of Traitors. Traitors to country! Traitors to fellow man! Traitors to GOD! You, sir, are charged with betraying the principles of all three! Quote for me the American Bar Association's Rules of Professional Conduct, Canon Seven.

  • Longtobefree||

    Evidence? We don't need no stinking evidence.
    He was accused by a woman, wasn't he? So he must be guilty.
    All that evidence stuff has a tendency to change the jury's mind anyway.

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