Due process abandoned on the altar of social media
The reaction online and in the streets to the Belfast rape trial verdict is understandable, but the presumption of innocence must remain the cornerstone of the criminal justice system
Within minutes of the Belfast rape trial verdict, the court of public opinion gave its reaction on social media. The nuances and legal facts of a lengthy nine-week trial at Laganside Crown Court were swept aside as the Twitter judge and jury rushed to pass judgment. The tone of the online commentary was clear.
Many on social media made it clear that they felt the four men acquitted of all charges were instead actually guilty....
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