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Absolute Morality

After writing my last post about the reliability of jury trials, I got to thinking about how we judge others. There can be no doubt that we do all judge, even if it is only internally, but how reliable are our judgements? Even when it comes down to moral judgements, although we often think that right is right and wrong is wrong, the truth might be somewhat murkier. Continue reading

Beyond Reasonable Doubt

The Law Commission has recently recommended that Jurors who do internet or other research about cases they are hearing in court should face criminal prosecution. At least two jurors have already been jailed for contempt of court by doing internet research about the cases they were sitting on but I believe that this is only the tip of the iceberg. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that jury trials are far from fair, they are profoundly biased in favour of conviction at all costs. Continue reading