When I heard the news that Alison Saunders had resigned (or was pushed?) as Director of Public Prosecutions, my heart jumped for joy. I was reminded of a short post I published on my personal website in January. Here it is in full:
Yet another rape trial has collapsed. Once again, evidence was withheld. Yet despite this worrying situation, Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), thinks the system is working fine. She doesn’t believe than innocent people are behind bars. She has even stated that because these trials are collapsing, it proves the system is working!
I almost wish – no I do wish – that she is charged with a serious crime that she did not commit. I hope that evidence is withheld – crucial evidence that would prove her innocence. Then, after all the stress and heartache she has endured, I hope that new evidence will come to light and will prove her innocence. I wonder how she would feel after a couple of years of hell? Would she still be saying that the system is hunky-dory because, in the end, she wasn’t sent to prison?
The Crown Prosecution Service has some very serious questions to answer. And as for the DPP, she is not fit for purpose. Time to go, Mrs. Saunders. We need someone competent at the top of the CPS.
Unfortunately, she will leave with a massive largely taxpayer funded pension pot, and will pick-up lucrative work in private practice.
Richard Littlejohn nails it in today's Daily Mail:
"In her desperation to secure more rape convictions, to appease the feminist lobby, Saunders has presided over a culture that considered it perfectly acceptable to withhold evidence from defence counsel which could prove their client’s innocence. Perverting the course of justice is supposed to be a criminal offence. Under Alison Saunders it seems to have become an instrument of public policy."
In any totalitarian regime, there are always those who have freedoms. They use the freedoms that they have to deny the same freedoms to others. The persecute their fellow citizens and put them through hell. Under Saunders' watch, the CPS has used its power disgracefully to persecute innocent men (and they tend to be men), and Saunders, high and mighty as ever, can't bring herself to offer an apology.
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