Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Making a mockery of trial by Jury

A British jury last week convicted three British Islamists of conspiracy to murder, acquitted one, and failed to convict four more. This resulted from the investigation of the 2006 summer plot to blow up seven transatlantic airliners between Britain and the U.S. by detonating explosives packed in soft-drink bottles.

After what was thought to be "an open and shut case", many such as Melanie Phillips and Sean O' Neill have lost faith in our jury system, but I wouldn't put much faith in trial by judges either. Based on the overtly political views that many of them display, I can think of nothing more terrifying.