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Was this trial by media?


Cymro.

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So what happened to innocent till proven guilty?

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Cymro.

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interzone55

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The press do not learn, they're like vultures.

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badgery

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How long till Max Clifford is involved?

I smell compensation on the horizon.

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interzone55

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badgery

How long till Max Clifford is involved?

He signed her up as soon as she was released on bail

Manchester Evening News Link

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Forum Editor

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"what happened to innocent till proven guilty?"

Nothing happened - this woman has been freed because there was absolutely no reliable evidence against her. Her life was stopped dead by the stories about her that appeared in the media,and from the sound of it she is quite unable to return to anything like normality.

The assumption of innocence isn't much good when the media decide to take a little information and weave a fanciful story from it. You'll hear newspaper publishers blathering away about the freedom of the press, but in my view some of Britain's newspaper editors are a disgrace to journalism, and would do well to take note of recent events concerning some of their peers.

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nangadef

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FE you say "Nothing happened - this woman has been freed because there was absolutely no reliable evidence against her. Her life was stopped dead by the stories about her that appeared in the media,and from the sound of it she is quite unable to return to anything like normality."

But (from the BBC report):

"Miss Leighton was held in custody for six weeks charged with counts of criminal damage with intent to endanger life and theft."

I agree the actions of the press is despicable, but how can she have been held in custody like that when there was "no reliable evidence against her"? Is it also a case of the police assuming guilt?

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spuds

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" Is it also a case of the police assuming guilt?"

The CPS also have a decision making role in this, they are the legal experts.

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Forum Editor

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nangadef

The so-called 'evidence' against Miss Leighton consisted of s single fingerprint on a saline bag which was damaged by a needle.Her thumb print was also discovered on the bottom of a bottle of antibiotic fluid which contained insulin.

It has been revealed that many other people would have had access to these items, and that Miss Leighton would have had good reason to touch both the bag and the bottle in the course of her duties as acting sister.

The evidence was therefore totally unreliable. Any one of several hundred people could have tampered with the contents of both items, and that's why the Police case against her was dropped.

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Chegs ®™

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The Police found evidence,she was charged with very serious offences hense the reprimand to custody.The CPS decided there wasn't sufficient evidence to prosecute so she was released.

The media decided that as she'd been charged,she was obviously guilty & concocted a story to sell their newspapers.Whilst on remand the woman won't have had much chance to dispute their stories.

All the media coverage would also likely prejudice any trial and I think the media shouldn't be allowed to reveal any facts(or fiction)until after a trial had taken place,to limit the chance of trial by media occurring as the public claim they don't believe all they read in newspapers,yet often those charged with offences are vilified.A friend of mine was once charged with rape,before the case went to court he was beaten up several times,had his car repeatedly vandalised and ultimately had to move house & even though he was finally cleared of the charge his life was ruined.During his trial,he was making the front page of the local rag but the reporting of his aquittal consisted of a few lines in the "court reports".

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zzzz999

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Next time you feel the urge to utter the absolute nonsense 'no smoke without fire' think on

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