If justice was blind, now it is mute

Ten days ago this blog noted the start of the first criminal trial without a jury to take place in England and Wales for more than 400 years.  John Twomey, Peter Blake, Barry Hibberd and Glen Cameron are accused of taking part in a £1.75million hold-up at a Heathrow warehouse in February 2004.  Various newspaper journalists noted this regressive development.

The Guardian said that the ‘Heathrow robbery trial breaks with 400-year tradition of trial by jury’.
The Mirror reported that the ‘First non-jury trial is breaking history’.
The Times told readers that the ‘First criminal trial with no jury for 400 years starts’.
Daily Telegraph explained that ‘Alleged robbery trial without jury to make legal history’.

And so it continued with a Google News search showing 134 news articles (all but 16 of them duplicate pieces) dedicated to this very matter.  10 days on from spouting their concern and in some cases misgivings at this serious erosion of our rights under law, how have these organs of information gone about the business of keeping this ‘historic case’ in the public consciousness?  With the exception of one article by Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail on 16th January, the only information about this trial on the world wide web is this, taken from the Court Hearings page of the Queen’s Bench Division:

Our fearless media corps have other more pressing matters to focus upon.  Liberty and the rights of the individual are just not sexy enough for public consumption.  So it is in 21st Century Britain that justice is being seen to be done.  Another victory for the all-knowing politicians in their ongoing effort to enslave and control us for our own good, rather than serve us.  Instead of a blindfold maybe from now on the scales of justice should be borne by a figure wearing a gag.

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1 Response to “If justice was blind, now it is mute”


  1. 1 WitteringsfromWitney 22/01/2010 at 11:59 am

    AM,

    To expect our ‘journalists’ to write anything of note on any subject is beyond their experties. They have mastered ‘cut & paste’ and believe that qualifies them as ‘journalists’!

    Notable exceptions being James Dellingpole, Gerald Warner and of course Christopher Booker and Richard North.


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