EU stealthily attacks right to trial by jury
The Irish Times reports that the European Court of Human Rights is considering a case that could lead to the end of the current system of jury trial. The Irish Government is defending the Irish right to trial by jury according to customary law.
An attack on the Irish right to a jury trial is an attack on the British right.
No surprise that the EU may end a fundamental human right long valued in Ireland and Britain, whether by the backdoor of the "Human Rights" Court or the front door of the EU's Corpus Juris.
There is little understanding in the EU that the right to a jury trial protects every person from a despotic state and from corrupt prosecutors. The right was confirmed in Magna Carta in 1215.
Portrait of young William Penn
In 1670, when he was 22, William Penn and four brave members of his jury went to jail to defend the jury's right to freely return a verdict of innocence or guilt. They won that right for us.
The case before the ECHR claims that the jury must explain itself. This is a terrible idea that will place undue pressure on jurors and create havoc in the appeals process. The high court justice in the Penn case sensibly agreed that jurors did not have to explain themselves. By accepting the prosecution's arguments and declaring guilt, or by refusing to accept those arguments and returning a verdict of innocence, jurors have done all the explaining they need to do.
Torquil Dick-Erikson concludes -
"It is no longer just a matter of protecting our prosperity, not just an economic matter, it is even more serious and basic than that - our rights of personal freedom itself are at stake: freedom from arbitrary arrest and wrongful conviction. Here the ECHR is giving a hand to the EU, by attacking trial by jury."
Thanks to Torquil, John Kelly and Idris Francis for bringing this to our attention.
We are facing unending and relentless attacks on our freedoms from our government and the EU.