These two situations which have both been in the news lately are very controversial. The article here published by @dailymail
talks about @dannic
who recently pleaded guilty to assaulting a female police officer and @stokesy
who recently was found unanimously not guilty by a jury.
This raises some serious issues with the judicial system and how it works in relation to people who can afford to pay privately and those who are in poverty and need legal aid. Although the @thebarcouncil
standards would suggest, barristers and solicitors have to have a certain level of qualifications to be in their respective roles. Yet it continuously appears to evident in the media that when people in the public eye that have the money to pay privately, are able to get away with breaking the law. Some might say they haven't got away with it they have still been punished, well not proportionately to the offences committed. While respectfully @dannic
pleaded guilty and should be given full credit and credit for accepting responsibility and remorse. However Ben stokes, had clearly pleaded not guilty and this case went to trial and, yes the outcome was that he was found not guilty and if someone is not guilty then they have a right to be left to get on with their lives, it's mind boggling how with cctv evidence of Ben stokes actually punching and knocking another man unconscious. How has it been possible for @cps_uk
to fail to get a conviction with this evidence. If the jury were genuine members of the public acting on the evidence then what didn't the CPS do or what did the solicitors and barristers do, that actually allowed what appears to be an injustice?. Are the CPS being selective in who their efforts to convict are exhausted on? Are solicitors and barristers only working to the full extent of their academic knowledge and experience to defend those with the money to pay significant fees? Either way this very much appears to be a case that the lower classes are not experiencing the same level of effort and conviction in fighting for their innocence. It'll be Interesting to see the difference between private and public funded cases results!