Not too soon, Juries will now learn of the accused’s past in trials. When you read about a case in progress, it can often be read that the accused had lead a crime-free life up until that point. The defence will make a point of saying that, it may even be emphasised, but it’s omission may not be noticed – is that not just as important ? If the defence can use such a point, isn’t it fair that the prosecution can also point the finger and say that they have not lead a blameless life ?
I have said this before, but past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour. If you went out last Friday/Saturday night and got drunk, chances are you will do so again. If you have hit someone in an argument, you will do again. If you have committed a speeding offence but got away with it, you will speed again. It’s the same for all offences, and for the sake of everyone it can only be a good thing that juries are given the full information with which to make their decision. We would trust them if the Death Penalty were re-introduced wouldn’t we ? And it’s not like there isn’t a (much overused) appeals system already in place. If nothing else, if this information disclosure will increase the number of people pleading guilty, and so spare the victims the ordeal of having to give evidence and so re-live their horror, it is a damn good thing.
Anyway ….. my right lobe has blowout. Bugger. It’s perfectly fine at 16mm, but last night I put some 20mm tunnels in and I’ve got the ‘double lobe’ effect. Now I’m not hugely bothered, but P. reckons it looks a bit skanky, so I ought to do something about it. My septum is hopefully going to 7mm later and while I do that, I can play with my new toy ! I love magnets, and these construction set things are superb :)