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  1. Missy

     /  December 21, 2017

    A second rape case has collapsed in London within a week due to undisclosed evidence. The case was thrown out of court over concerns about the police failing to disclose vital evidence. It was the same officer in both cases that failed to disclose all information to the CPS.

    This has led to the Metropolitan police instituting an urgent review of all live rape cases. This has wider implications, especially for any cases investigated by the officer in question. There are fears that convicted rapists will appeal their convictions based on the possibility of information not being disclosed, and some have raised that possibility that some rapists and paedophiles may be able to get released on appeal if it is shown that some information was withheld by the police.

    It is unknown how many convictions could be considered unsafe as a result of this.

    • Trevors_Elbow

       /  December 21, 2017

      What a stuff up… how can you fail a basic premise of disclosing evidence to the defense? Any suggestion the officer was pursuing an agenda to get more convictions due to pressure in the political sphere? In NZ we have had a lot of media/political heat around sex offences with pressure to prosecute and get convictions when sometimes the evidence is thin or because high profile cases like roasterbusters were not pursued….we have even had Labour float a guilty till proven innocent concept

      https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/329767/call-to-shift-burden-of-proof-to-rape-accused

      • Missy

         /  December 21, 2017

        It wasn’t just the defence that they failed to disclose evidence to, it was the prosecution as well. And from reports in the case last week the officer outright lied to the prosecutor by saying that there was nothing in the evidence that would undermine the prosecution case, despite one of the pieces of evidence was a text from the alleged victim to a friend saying that nothing was against her will.

        The officer has been stood down whilst the Met Police undertake an investigation.

        I think there is some pressure for more convictions, but not from the political sphere as such. The Director of Public Prosecutions has publicly stated that her aim is to increase convictions for sexual offences, I would not be surprised if she has created a culture in the CPS – and by extension the police – of a conviction at any cost.

        The young man in the first case from last week is suing the CPS and the Met Police, he was under suspicion and his life on hold for two years.

      • Missy

         /  December 21, 2017

        There is a good summary of the culture in an opinion piece in the Telegraph today, unfortunately it is behind the paywall.

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/politics/alison-saunders-must-stand-sacked/

        Here it is. Note this was written by Allison Pearson, so for those feminists out there (whether you be male or female) this is not an article written by the patriarchy, but rather by a woman who is truly concerned at where the current form of feminism is taking women (about a century or more back is my guess).

        “The time has come for Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, to stand down or be sacked. A young man of shining good character has just narrowly avoided a lengthy jail sentence for six rapes when there was ample evidence to prove that his accuser pestered him for sex. Thousands of messages, which police had not disclosed to the Defence, reveal that the young woman in question fantasised about rape and rough sex. When it came to the charge against Liam Allan, she texted a friend: “It wasn’t against my will.”

        That’s pretty clear, isn’t it?

        In any justice system which was working fairly and properly, the accuser admitting the claim she made is untrue should be enough. But our justice system isn’t working properly or fairly. Not when it comes to allegations of sexual assault.

        Under Alison Saunders, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has become so obsessed with pursuing the VAGW (violence against girls and women) agenda that the “victim” is always to be believed and men like 22-year-old Liam Allan must take their chances.

        Last week, after the case was thrown out, the judge at Croydon Crown Court warned of “serious risks of miscarriages of justice”. He demanded a review of the disclosure of evidence by the Metropolitan Police and called for an inquiry at “the very highest level” of the CPS. This was Ms Saunders’s response: “It is regrettable,” she wrote, “that this disclosure happened at a late stage, and I would like to apologise to all parties involved.”

        When it comes to allegations of sexual assault, our justice system isn’t working properly or fairly
        Regrettable? Let’s say that again in our best incredulous Lady Bracknell voice, shall we, so that Alison can hear us. REGRETTABLE?

        That a criminology student who has been raised by his mother to be caring and considerate to women should be arrested and spend nearly two anguished years on bail for grotesque crimes. That the investigating detective should admit that the case against him was “weak”. That the CPS still judged there was a better than 50 per cent chance of conviction. That the crucial evidence provided by the complainant’s – oops, sorry, Alison!) – …the victim’s phone record was not given to the Defence because it was “very personal” (how convenient).

        That this grievous error was only uncovered the day before the trial began because a robust, independent (non-CPS) new Counsel for the Prosecution (take a bow, Jerry Hayes) spotted there had been a flagrant breach by the police who failed to disclose a CD containing thousands of items which exonerated the defendant. That Liam Allan and his family had their lives cruelly derailed by incompetence at best and institutionalised political correctness and dishonesty at worst.

        Sorry, but a placid, complacent “regrettable” doesn’t really cover it, Alison Saunders. Try “absolute bloody disgrace”.

        Also, members of the jury, please note that Ms Saunders says, in the approved weasel manner, that she would like to apologise to all parties involved. Do you suppose that includes the vengeful liar who nearly got an innocent man sent down for 12 years while retaining her anonymity? In the Kafkaesque world of the CPS, anything is possible. Not long ago, Alison Saunders said that a rape acquittal didn’t mean the alleged victim wasn’t telling the truth.

        Reporting of the Allan case has focused on the failure of the Met to disclose evidence. Far more worrying is an underlying climate, cultivated by warlock-hunter-in-chief Saunders, which puts pressure on officers to boost rape convictions. I was contacted a few days ago by someone who had attended a CPS rape training day. She said she was disturbed that prosecutors appeared “indoctrinated”, spouting “gender-studies platitudes”.

        Another woman spoke of a “cult” mentality in which police, lawyers and judges are guided by advocates of “trauma theory”. One expert apparently argues that the more incoherent and changeable an accuser’s account, the more believable it is. God help us, Marjorie!

        Police who deal with sexual-assault complaints are told that challenging them is traumatic for the accuser so, as my informer says, “you have an absurd scenario where they are expected to take everything at face value”.

        So convinced are Saunders and her ilk by their own righteousness they can’t even bring themselves to admit when they are wrong. After the appalling lapses in the the Allan case, the CPS offered no further evidence, because “there was no realistic prospect of conviction”.

        Eh? Translation from Legalese Defensiveness into English: no realistic prospect of conviction = the defendant was innocent.

        Remember innocent? Well, I’d hang on to it if I were you. The concept of innocent until proven guilty is fast disappearing in a #MeToo age where a woman’s memory of being made to feel “uncomfortable” can wreck a man’s entire career. Normally, I admire the Labour MP Jess Phillips for her cheery Brummy forthrightness, but even Philips was at it this week, writing a Gothic-horror account of working alongside certain male politicians under the headline: “At Westminster, those accused of abuse still walk among us.”

        Well, yes, love, the key word there is “accused”. Accusation is not yet considered hard evidence, although give Alison Saunders time…

        What I find dismaying is that feminism, which fought for women to be treated as equals, is happy to depict us as always in danger of ‘inappropriate touching’
        What I find so dismaying is that feminism, which fought so long and hard for women to be taken seriously and treated as equals, is happy to depict us as potential victims, always in danger of “inappropriate touching”. The great actor Sir Ian McKellen has just put himself in the firing line, pointing out that, during the Sixties, one theatre director showed him photographs he’d got from actresses looking for work. “DRR” scrawled at the bottom of a photo meant directors’ rights respected.

        In other words,” Sir Ian recalls, “if you give me a job, you can have sex with me. That was commonplace from people who proposed that they should be a victim. Madness. People have taken advantage of that and encouraged it, and it absolutely will not do.”

        Women are not angels. We deserve to have our complaints of sexual harassment and worse taken seriously as, too often in the past, they were not. We also deserve to have our allegations thoroughly scrutinised so that lying wretches aren’t allowed to destroy a man’s life. Alison Saunders’s CPS may think it is advancing the female cause by putting nice guys like Liam in the dock on “weak” evidence. It doesn’t. It shamefully undermines and belittles the suffering of every genuine rape victim.

        Malicious allegations of sexual assault feel like they are on the increase as social media encourages attention-seeking behaviour. In August, Jemma Beale was jailed for ten years after claiming that she had been sexually assaulted by six men and raped by nine. The judge described Beale as an accomplished liar who “enjoys being seen as a victim”; her life was “a construct of bogus victimhood”.

        If things don’t change, I fear there will be many more Liam Allans put through mental torture to satisfy the lynch mob. It’s not enough for the Police and the CPS to examine their own failures; an independent inquiry is necessary to shine a light on a warped official mindset that chooses to call accusers, even bogus ones, “victims”. Liam’s accuser must lose her anonymity and be charged with perverting the course of justice. For more than two years, she lied to the police and put a sweet boy through hell. That is plain wicked.

        The shocking ordeal of Liam Allan can be traced to Alison Saunders and her brand of vengeful gender politics. He wasn’t believed because the bias against believing him was too great. It is not fair. It is not just. It is not what we want in our Director of Public Prosecutions. Resign. “

        • Trevors_elbow

           /  December 21, 2017

          Thanks Missy. It seems the CPS have enacted what Poto Williams might like to see her.

          Conviction for False allegations should carry the same sentence as the crime alledged…..

          • Missy

             /  December 21, 2017

            Indeed there are many here that are saying exactly that regarding false allegations.

            It remains to be seen what happens to the young woman in the case of Liam Allen last week, but yes I hope her anonymity is lifted, and she is prosecuted to the full extent of the law for her lies. She helps no-one, not the person she accused maliciously, not herself, nor other rape victims.

        • This makes my blood boil Missy. It’s a travesty and a crime against mankind and hard-fought for advances in treatment of women. I detest everything about the “weak little woman” syndrome. I notice that more and more young women want their cake and eat it too. They want deference and special treatment when it suits them and to be a raging feminist when the occasion demands. The pendulum has swung too far and this case is proof of the insanity prevailing in the mainstream West.

          • Missy

             /  December 22, 2017

            Agree Trav, it makes me so angry when these miscarriages of justice happen.

            And yes, the whole idea of women as victims being pushed by the modern day feminists, especially in relation to sexual assault, is sickening, the victim culture is really poisonous to society. Most need to grow up and learn to deal with the real world.

            The idea that the complainants in sexual assault cases are believed without question fails everybody in society, not just the accused.

        • Why anyone would downtick this I wouldn’t know. What is wrong with you people. It shocks me to think anyone can think it’s right some mad , lying &*^%$ can nearly ruin a man’s life and get away with it.

          • Missy

             /  December 22, 2017

            There are some (or one) really disturbed person(s) on this site, they regularly downtick posts that are about the injustice and inequality in society.

            I don’t think they read the post but just downtick because of who is posting, which makes them a rather juvenile individual.

  2. Missy

     /  December 21, 2017

    The EU Commission have released their approved guidelines for their negotiating position on the transition.

    Among the agreed positions is that the transition period should not go beyond 31 December 2020, that will be about 3 months short of the two year period the UK Government said it should be.

    This would be the most logical date however as it marks the end of the period of the current EU multi year budget.

  3. Missy

     /  December 21, 2017

    On the EU again, the European Court of Justice this morning ruled on a case brought against Uber by Spanish Taxi Drivers. The ECJ has ruled that Uber is a transport company (i.e.: taxi company) and should be regulated in the same way that all taxi companies are. It will be interesting how this affects Uber, not just in Europe, but world wide and if any other countries look tot he ECJ ruling and change anything in relation to how Uber works, and is regulated, in other countries.

  4. MaureenW

     /  December 21, 2017

    2017 Hasn’t been too bad at all for Trump, Tax Reform completed, ObamaCare Mandate repealed and those who invened the Trump/Russia collusion fairytale, now firmly in the headlights.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454754/donald-trump-2017-successful