Sunday, January 26, 2014
Here's a Tricky One
I have watched every episode of 'Benefits Street' so far, and the bottom-of -the-heap types who feature in it have, if I recall correctly, admitted various misdemeanours such as shoplifting, attempted theft, benefit fraud, and drug offences. The papers now report that some of the characters in the programme have been arrested, which is going to present a challenge to Channel 4's lawyers if they are charged. It is a long standing principle that every effort should be made to avoid publishing anything that might prejudice a future trial. You don't often hear the phrase 'sub judice' these days, but how can Birmingham Crown Court assemble a jury that hasn't already formed an opinion about the denizens of James Turner Street?
(The Sunday paper tells me that they have nearly all been charged with conspiracy, which makes Crown Court trial a certainty, so we shall see what Hizonner makes of it all.)