Abolition Of Double Jeopardy A Huge Risk To Justice *

Irish Independent
22.09.2008
Candie Malone

I think the abolition of the double jeopardy rule in “certain serious crimes” is a dangerous move. The point of double jeopardy is to ensure that the DPP’s office does its work correctly. Abolition of the double jeopardy rule in certain cases is a slippery slope towards allowing the DPP to continually prosecute the same defendant(s) until they get the conviction they want.

As someone who has never committed, been questioned or convicted of a crime, it frightens me to think that my life could be ruined by constant prosecutions for the same alleged crime that I would have previously been found “not guilty” of by a judge or jury.

I can only imagine the frustration and anger of crime victims and their families, but we must remember that innocent people are accused and convicted of crimes and we must ensure a just and fair system to protect them as well.

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