Blair and Criminal Justice

The less you intend to do about something the more you have to keep talking about it

Yes Minister: Open Government

So Blair is talking about rebalancing the criminal justice system, saying that the rights of the suspect and the right of the victim must be balanced.

Excuse me, Mr. Blair, I had not realised that the rights of a suspect and a victim were in conflict. A suspect, by definition, is not yet convicted.

Removing protections for the accused is not in the interests of any of us. How does it serve the victim if an innocent man is wrongly convicted? Protections for the accused are vital and necessary. Punishing someone for the sake of punishment is not justice if they are not guilty.

It comes to this: Which is the bigger sin, to risk a guilty man going free, or to risk an innocent man going to gaol?