For the first time in over 300 years in England a criminal trial has begun in which there will be no jury. Trial by a Jury of ones peers has been a fundamental right dating back as far as the Magna Carta.
The reasons for this, are that in the particular case in question a number of trials have already collapsed of the possibility of “jury tampering”. Fears that jury members had been threatened, bullied or extorted into not being impartial had become a big fear. As well as costing tens
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