Justice is Fragile


My comment in today’s telegraph on an article about Louise Woodward:


“Behaving as if it’s Cup Final day when a baby has died? Unbelievably crass.”

Celebrating the release and freedom of an innocent girl is obviously something to celebrate. It’s not crass or unsympathetic to the tragic case of a young child, to celebrate justice.

The prosecution case was fantastical; that the baby was shaken vigorously for a full sixty seconds before having its head smashed in one final, vicious and fatal blow.

The skull wound, as revealed in the autopsy and explained by the defence, had already shown signs of healing at the time of death, something that was impossible unless the injury had actually occurred much earlier.

Much like the case of Amanda Knox, there is no serious doubt about the defendant’s innocence. The fact that such cases even went to court shows just how fragile the justice system can be. The tragic case of Cameron Todd Willingham should remind us the perils of putting innocent people in the dock. Sadly, Willingham‘s obvious innocence was only assured after the State had executed him.