Justice for sex crime defendants and suspects

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All too frequently, people charged with (or even simply arrested in connection with) sexual offences have their lives destroyed by media exposure, long before they have even gone on trial, let alone been convicted. The only valid argument in favour of publicly identifying such people is that, if they are guilty and have offended previously, their previous victims may be encouraged to come forward and testify. But the removal of anonymity in such cases could still be authorised by a judge, if he or she were persuaded that it was in the interests of justice to do so. Otherwise they should remain anonymous until convicted, or at the very least until they are charged. In Sir Cliff Richard's case he wasn't even arrested!

 



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