Thursday, March 01, 2007

Victim statements

The scheme by which relatives of the victims in murder and manslaughter trials get to make a statement in court if they wish may be extended. Pardon my cynicism, but what is the point? The statement has no bearing on the verdict or the sentence, so what purpose does it serve? I don't understand the reasoning as to why it's essential, as Charlie Falconer and Harriet Harman have both asserted, that the victim's family have to have a say somewhere.

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