NIGEL EVANS

  The Sexual Offences Act and other arbrogations, effectively breach Article 6 for any person accused of a sex crime, in that you are presumed guilty, rather than presumed innocent.

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It's all about money. Defending a case involving historical sexual allegations is costly. Can you imagine is Nigel had been legally aided - he'd more than likely have been convicted. Why? Because a legally aided person will have a very basic defence that amounts to a lawyer standing up as a mouthpiece, but without a legal team that is prepared to do any work, for example, to challenge the evidence, or lack of it.

 

 

 

 

BBC NEWS - 14 APRIL 2014

 

Mr Evans, cleared of rape and sexual assault charges, likened his ordeal to being "hit by an Eddie Stobart truck as you wake up".

Commons Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz has called for an inquiry into whether the CPS needs reform. The CPS has insisted the decision to take Mr Evans to court was correct.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Evans, who stepped down as deputy Speaker of the Commons to fight the allegations, said he would not seek to return to the role, although colleagues - including his replacement Eleanor Laing - had offered to stand down to allow this.
'Full glare'

Discussing the effect of the publicity surrounding his trial, he said: "It's something I'm going to have to live with. I've no doubt at all."

Mr Evans, MP for Ribble Valley in Lancashire, said: "The people who've thrown the mud are still anonymous to this day. I was thrown into the full glare of world publicity."

He said he had asked Keith Vaz, the Labour MP who chairs the Home Affairs Committee, "to look at these cases".

He said the prosecution team in his trial had "bundled" charges together to make them "look like there was a stronger case".

Mr Evans, who has admitted he contemplated suicide at points during his ordeal, thanked "friends, including hardened journalists at Westminster who didn't believe a word of it" for supporting him.

Mr Evans, who was a Conservative MP before being elected as deputy Speaker, a politically neutral role, has not yet rejoined the party in Parliament and sits as an independent.

He said: "I want to rebuild my political career. I've been a member of Parliament for 22 years. I want to get back to doing a job I think I do very well."

Mr Evans - who has said he is 130,000 out of pocket following the case - said he would campaign for those who are wrongly accused of crimes to have their legal fees paid.

He said: "I've got an opportunity to speak out where there's injustice. I just want to make sure that I use the opportunity I've got."

Under changes brought in in 2012, only defendants who apply for legal aid before their trial are entitled to any costs after they are acquitted.

This is the case whether or not they are granted aid.

But Mr Evans's solicitor, Daniel Burke, told the BBC that Mr Evans had not applied for legal aid, and would have received it if he had.

Initially Mr Evans felt that it was not appropriate for him to burden the public purse with his defence costs, said Mr Burke.

Once his lawyers had been made aware that the prosecution had appointed Mark Heywood QC, Mr Burke said, Mr Evans had decided that he wanted his QC of choice, Peter Wright, so continued to pay privately.

If the crown had instructed a more junior barrister, Mr Burke says, Mr Evans would have applied for legal aid - or at least paid less for his own barrister.

BBC legal correspondent Clive Coleman said: "In essence, Nigel Evans wasn't satisfied with the legal representation that the state had to offer.

"He made a choice to pay privately for the best lawyer he could find. It was a choice that left him acquitted but out of pocket."
'Same test'

At Mr Evans' request, Mr Vaz, a Labour MP, has written to Michael Fuller, chief inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, asking "whether we need to make changes to the system".

He said: "The balance must be struck so that the public remains fully confident that those who are guilty will be brought to justice, but also that those who are innocent are not unnecessarily punished."

Last week Downing Street confirmed there were "no plans to change" current arrangements regarding the anonymity of defendants in sexual cases.

Director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders has defended the decision to prosecute Mr Evans.

She said on Friday that the CPS applied the "same test no matter who the offender or the victim is".

"We looked at all the evidence and decided there was a realistic prospect of conviction," she added.

Lancashire Police has also defended its "fair, professional and proportionate" handling of the case.

Det Supt Ian Critchley said the force had pursued Mr Evans in the same way it would anyone else.

Speaking at his monthly press conference, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "Of course the CPS will have questions to answer but I don't think we should rush to judgements on the system."

He added: "The CPS should be left entirely free and independent in how it deals with cases brought before it."

 

 

 

DAVID BLUNKETT

 

It was once that in merry old England you got a fair trial. Not any more. In their rush to increase the conviction rate, the government of the day, with David (himself the subject of sex scandal) Blunkett as the Justice Minister, decided to breach Article 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998, by taking away the presumption of innocence. This was achieved in subtle fashion by taking away the warning to Juries, "about the dangers of convicting a person on the unsupported say so of of a claimant." Thus, any person making a gold-digging [false] claim of abuse, will be believed, because the trial judge has not told them differently. After that little ruse and other amendments in the Sexual Offences Act 2003, the conviction rate soared - filling our prisons with many innocent men in the process. Did you say "prats?", If you did, we tend to agree. So come on all you claimants, why not accuse a politician of giving you one up the rear? Give them a taste of their own medicine. There is no need for proof and it won't matter if when they inspect your anal passage that they find no evidence of trauma - believe us, that will be put down to some incredible healing power. Bullshit! But that is what is happening out there today. It's true.

 

When it come to historical allegations, there is almost no chance of mounting a defence. Any witnesses to provide an alibi will long since have forgotten about dates and times. Your own diaries will have been thrown away and other information such as telephone bills, etc, will be long gone.

 

 

 

 

It's difficult to stay focused with such allegations ruining your career

 

 

CASES - WITH LEGALLY AIDED DEFENCE

 

This case is not a million miles away from something closer to home in the United Kingdom, that of a certain person challenging local authority, then being convicted unjustly of sexual charges - that if one looks at them closely, are completely out of character. It appears to us that given the opportunity, local and national authorities will use whatever is at their disposal to bury anyone who dares to question their administration. Freedom of speech?

 

And don't forget that the system protects the claimant by hiding his or her identity, when very often that identity is the key to the public understanding why such an allegation has been made. Usually it is at the break up of a relationship, or some other event where the motive is revenge - typically, a woman who has been jilted will seek to attack the party jilting her, by making a false allegation. The sad fact is that under the present system, it matters not if someone is innocent or not. Put a person in the dock and make the accusation, especially some time after the claimed event, and there is no way of defending yourself. Then, with the judge not giving the jury guidance as to unsupported allegations, the bloke in the dock will be convicted.

 

 

 

 

LINKS

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26974975

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-27187431

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320419/Jimmy-Tarbuck-arrested-alleged-sex-attack-young-boy-1970s.htm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/Jimmy-Tarbuck-arrested-alleged-sex-attack-young-boy-1970s

www.independent.co.uk/crime/jimmy-tarbuck-arrested-over-child-sex-abuse-allegations

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jimmy-tarbuck-cancels-summer-tour-1874910

BBC news Nigel Evans

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/Nigel Evans acquittal

 

 

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