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Alison Saunders (53) is a barrister and a career civil servant who joined the Crown Prosecution Service (‘CPS’) at its inception in 1986, when she was 25. The CPS is the taxpayer-funded body which decides who’s charged with criminal offences, so it’s the body which has been responsible for instituting (at huge cost to taxpayers) a series of show trials of prominent men, many of them elderly, on charges of sexual offences — including rape. Few of these trials would have taken place in more enlightened times, as the quality of evidence is almost invariably either woefully poor or non-existent. Sometimes alleged offences date back 40 years or more. The women alleging the offences retain anonymity even when the cases fail, while the men’s identities are revealed across the mass media as soon as they’re charged. Some of the men have been financially ruined by legal costs, and it’s a wonder that none of them have yet committed suicide. It’s surely only a matter of time before one or more of them does.
The 2010 Conservative-led coalition agreement committed the coalition to re-introduce anonymity for suspects of sexual assaults and rape, but the coalition reneged on the commitment once in office.
All you need to know about Saunders’s views on how the law should treat possible perpetrators and possible victims of rape can be found in a Guardian interview from January 2012, almost two years before she was appointed head of the CPS, as Director of Public Prosecutions (November 2013). Her predecessor in the role was Keir Starmer. In December 2013 the Labour Party announced that Starmer would lead an inquiry into changing the law to give further protection to victims in cases of rape and child abuse — which would, of course, mean less protection for alleged perpetrators, overwhelmingly men. It would be unthinkable that such an enquiry could recommend the introduction of anonymity for people suspected of sexual offences.
The Guardian interview of Alison Saunders:
‘In an interview with the Guardian, Saunders said she believed jurors were coming to court with preconceptions about women that affected the way they considered evidence. These beliefs need to be challenged if more trials aren’t to end in acquittals.
Saunders said prosecutors and detectives involved in rape cases were now trained to challenge myths and stereotypes, particularly around women who have been drinking, or those who say they have been sexually assaulted by a current or former partner.
“We have done lots of training … but there has never been that debate on a wider social basis. You can see how some members of the jury can come along with preconceived ideas, they might still subscribe to the myths and stereotypes that we have all had a go at busting…
“There have been a lot of developments about what judges can say to jurors. Judges cannot do rape cases unless they are specialists and they have been through the myth-busting courses.”
So, the life experiences and opinions of jurors aren’t to be taken as being intrinsically valuable? You can be very sure that the ‘myths and stereotypes’ aren’t in jurors’ minds, but in the minds of ‘prosecutors and detectives involved in rape cases’ who are now ‘trained’ and ‘specialist’ judges who ‘have been though the myth-busting courses’. You can be very sure those courses will be riddled with feminist propaganda, stressing that women must NEVER bear even the slightest responsibility for putting themselves in risky situations. And who’d be most interested in becoming those prosecutors, detectives and judges? Ideologically-driven people, surely.
Laura Kuenssberg recently interviewed Ms Saunders for Newsnight. There are three sections, all of them well worth watching:
0:00 — 0:27 Introduction
0:28 — 4:02 Background (much of it is absurd feminist-inspired narrative, but stick with it — typical of BBC output)
4:03 — 9:03 Alison Saunders interviewed by Laura Kuenssberg. The footage is cut short where the interview starts to cover an unrelated topic.
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