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Jim Carroll BS: Madeleine McCann - Possible Suspect (101* d) RE: BS: Madeleine McCann - Possible Suspect 16 Jun 20

Incidentally Dick, your quote refers to the Press interfering with justice, not the people, per se
People rely on the press for their information on these things - that is their only source
It is the press who decides whether the accused is guilty and it is they who create "beasts" and "monsters" long before any verdict is reached - the public knows nothing until they are given what the press chooses them to know
There are exceptions of course - long term prejudices can come into play (the execution of a Traveller by a farmer who was later found "blameless" is one of the best examples I can think of

I was against the filming of trials at one time - now I am not too sure
The O J Simpson entertainment circus sickened me, but maybe it doesn't have to be like that
The plaintiff is as entitled as the accused and the public must be allowed to reach their own conclusion based on all the information
Many rape victims are now choosing to waive their anonymity on behalf of their fellow victims
The only ones who would benefit from the anonymity of the accused in cases like this would be the guilty - open trials might be a way of letting a public who was interested enough to decide for itself
There's a big Augian Stable desperatwly in need of a thorough scrub-down here

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