The benefit of the doubt (or if you prefer, the presumption of innocence) is one of the longest established principles in the common law. At it’s most blunt, the principle is expressed in Blackstone’s formulation: “better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer”. Populist cheerleaders for tough policing often focus on those… Continue reading There’s Always One
When the cops showed up to arrest Frank Dunlop, he wasn’t surprised. ‘We always knew this day was coming and I will not be contesting the charges,’ he told them. On 11 June 1992, Dunlop allegedly gave Sean Gilbride £1000 to buy his vote on a land rezoning motion. The following day, he allegedly gave… Continue reading Knock Knock!
The Planning and Payments tribunal isn’t quite over yet. There are still a few loose ends to be tied up, questions that retired country manager George Redmond has to answer in cross-examination. Then there are the final reports, which will take up to a year to write. Finally, probably a month or so after the… Continue reading End Of The Road
Cops planted fake bombs, then ‘discovered’ them, in order to get promotion. A cop was involved in blackmail. Cops coerced a man to make a false witness report. As a result, twelve innocent people were arrested for murder. Several of them were mistreated in custody, and the cops obtained a false confession. Cops harassed those… Continue reading End Result