Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Media's venom in Le Vell case wrong

JURIES in criminal trials have to be certain 'beyond reasonable doubt'. So, where the only evidence is one person's word against another's (common in rape and sexual assault), it is right that – as in the Michael Le Vell case – they don't convict if in doubt.

However, the outpouring of venom in mainstream and social media against the girl through the assumption that she lied to destroy him, is shocking.

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