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  1. Peckris 2

    24 Hours in Police Custody

    Yes, but hers was a case of dangerous driving - she'd strayed onto the wrong side of the road - she wasn't chasing burglars. The relatives all seem to think justice was done (I think there was too much politics in that case). I don't have the energy to contact the authors, my life is a constant battle against fatigue. I'll leave this for another 24 hours, hopefully I'll be less tired then.
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    24 Hours in Police Custody

    Not surprising as they are largely an invention of the right - especially the right wing press and a large % of their readers. The same press and readership who invented the myth that left wing councils had banned the word "black" in schools, in the 80s.
  3. Peckris 2

    24 Hours in Police Custody

    An interesting read. My initial remarks: 1. The judge who said it took courage to be a burglar was very foolish and rightly slapped down, not least by Cameron. However, he doesn't seem even remotely representative of his profession. If most judges said - or thought - as he did, the Mail would burst a blood vessel. 2. What was the TV programme 85% of whose viewers came out in support of Tony Martin? Not only "what", but "when"? That case was a cause celebre for a time until... 3. ...the facts about the rather unpleasant Martin came out - that he was lying in wait for burglars, that he'd laid a booby trap, and the one he killed was a 16-yr-old boy shot in the back as he was trying to flee. Ok, I do accept that his conviction was reduced to one of manslaughter but he still had to serve some years in prison. White was sentenced to 22 months which does seem excessive in the circumstances, but suppose he'd killed one of the burglars as a result of the car chase - would you then say he still shouldn't do any time?
  4. Peckris 2

    Possible fake 1905 Halfcrown

    do you have the link to ebay?
  5. Peckris 2

    More Pennies

    Any chance you could do a close-up of the date?
  6. Peckris 2

    24 Hours in Police Custody

    The majority of Daily Mail readers certainly, and similar organs. But where is your evidence that the majority of the public believes this? But this is already the case! All judges - when sentencing - have access to the perp's previous, and sentence accordingly. A first time offender (except for the most serious crimes like murder, kidnap, terrorism, etc) gets a lesser sentence than someone with a list of previous convictions. That's how sentencing guidelines work.
  7. Peckris 2

    24 Hours in Police Custody

    If you believe that the judiciary take sides the way you are suggesting, that's extremely worrying. Worrying that you actually believe that, I mean. And you believing that's the majority view is even more worrying.
  8. Peckris 2

    24 Hours in Police Custody

    That's nothing to do with the police. If his defence barrister proposed that he "lost control on a bend" during the trial, it would be up to a jury whether they believed that or not - in this case they obviously didn't. Juries can make the wrong decision sometimes, but that's the justice system we have.
  9. Peckris 2

    24 Hours in Police Custody

    They should have gone after both. (I'm not sure I see the point of the "victim blaming" remark).
  10. Peckris 2

    More Pennies

    Does anyone have an idea of how many are 'out there'? Presumably more - though perhaps not many more - than the 1933, which would make it one of rarest and most desirable 20th century pennies (excluding the 1920, 1952, and 1954 which - being presumed singletons - are beyond the reach of the fattest purse).
  11. Peckris 2

    24 Hours in Police Custody

    I should have added: any prisoner released halfway isn't truly 'free' - they're on licence, and one single blot on their behaviour (anything) and they're back inside to serve out the full term.
  12. Peckris 2

    More Pennies

    Bid of only £25 for those 3 beauties? Someone was 'having a laugh'.
  13. Peckris 2

    More Pennies

    This is contradictory. It says - as you do - "0 bids", but also says "Closing bid: 5,500 GBP"...
  14. Peckris 2

    24 Hours in Police Custody

    That's not a complete picture. The "half term" does not apply to prisoners serving life, for which judges hand down minimum tariffs to prisoners considered a danger to the public, e.g. some sex offenders, terrorists, etc to prisoners who haven't exhibited 'good behaviour' while inside to prisoners (whether guilty or innocent) who assert their innocence while in jail Also, prisons are full of individuals with mental health problems. And they're overcrowded. Mike's suggestion that some kinds of offence could be treated effectively outside prison has a lot of merit.
  15. Peckris 2

    24 Hours in Police Custody

    It's not the sentence passed on the homeowner that's the awful thing here (after all, there are laws governing "causing serious injury by dangerous driving" and the police cannot ignore that). No, it's the lenient treatment handed out to the perps, who were not only burgling but had also stolen the bike they got away on.
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