After all, she is now well on the way to being a national treasure'! Every so often, when I have expelled my mixture of waffle and blather here at D&N, I pay her site a visit to remind myself what proper rigorous thinking is like. Today, in her very proper lawyer-like way, she examines a case which can only be described as cataclysmic for everyone concerned but especially Dr. Stephen Hamilton, a middle-aged, married doctor who was convicted three years ago for sexual activity with his daughter. He appealed the conviction but the Appeal Court upheld the judgment.
Before I go further let me remind you that (so far!) my only experience of Crown Courts was when I was called as a defence witness for one of my old car-trader mates and the Judge, who looked around 103 years of age, admonished me in the strongest terms for "uttering forged documents"! I nearly wet myself in fear but considering it all later it confirmed my suspicion that many of our Judges are just a bunch of puffed-up 'Cocklecarrots'!
Anyway, taking my cue from Ms. Raccoon (as though I would dare to do otherwise!), a jury found Dr. Hamilton guilty and we must abide by that decision which has now been confirmed by the Court of Appeal. However, there are ramifications to this case which Ms. Raccoon describes much better than I ever could. I will not attempt to summarise them but urge you to read her post on the subject. WARNING: it will leave you exceedingly uneasy about our so-called 'justice system'.