Sunday, August 24, 2003

Another One That Won't Be Missed

One of the most enduring clichés in all police thrillers is "You know what happens with rapists and paedophiles once they get behind bars". According to some American legal scholars, this cliché, probably more wishful thinking than fact, is the reason why some juries didn't vote for death penalty in child murder cases, preferring to leave that dirty business to "normal" prison population. If applied to this case (although it only involved "ordinary" sexual abuse instead of murder), that line of reasoning might have been correct.


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