Are you sure, Dan?

The Daily Telegraph carried a piece by Dan Hodges today, written in the wake of the Shrien Dewani acquittal. He asks the question: why are legal systems weighted in favour of those standing trial? He was struck by the judge’s phrase in her ruling ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ and writes that it is time to ditch the principle. The reason he gives is that if the standard of proof in criminal trials was lowered to ‘on the balance of probabilities’ more guilty people would be convicted and that is a good thing for society.
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