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Accusations of sexual offences: Time does not bleach the stain

I don't understand the bird-brained arguments against defendant anonymity, writes The Secret Barrister

25 January 2016

And so, as a Durham University student acquitted of rape provides easy meat for indolent editorials in the broadsheets, so renews the now-ritual exhumation of the debate on anonymity in sex cases. Round and round the usual participants go, like those rotisserie chickens at Tesco, only even more bird-brained.

In the red corner, the below-the-line lobotomees who parade every acquittal as positive proof that all women are just waiting for an opportunity to spring a false rape accusation, which is why we should probably name, shame, and prosecute all complainants just in case. In the blue corner, the defenders of the status quo, vigorous in impressing that, notwithstanding that another high-profile innocent's reputation has been coated in the stickiest of mud, we resist anonymity for defendants in such cases.

The illusions of the red corner are easily disabused. Anyone who believes an acquitt...

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