Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBCi CATEGORIES   TV   RADIO   COMMUNICATE   WHERE I LIVE   INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC NEWS
 You are in: Talking Point
Front Page 
World 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
Forum 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 


Commonwealth Games 2002

BBC Sport

BBC Weather

SERVICES 
Tuesday, 3 July, 2001, 09:39 GMT 10:39 UK
Previous convictions: Should juries be told?
Barry George has begun his life sentence for the murder of BBC TV presenter Jill Dando.

George had past convictions for attempted rape and indecent assault, but these were not disclosed to the jury.

Under government plans all previous convictions would be revealed to the court during the trial.

But lawyer and Labour Peer Baroness Kennedy says the suggested changes could lead juries such as that in the Dando case to rush to judgement.

Should juries be told about previous convictions? Will it lead to rush judgements?

HAVE YOUR SAY

This Talking Point has just been published. Your comments will be posted shortly.

Send us your comments:
Name:

Your E-mail Address:


Country:

Comments:

Disclaimer: The BBC will put up as many of your comments as possible but we cannot guarantee that all e-mails will be published. The BBC reserves the right to edit comments that are published.
See also:

Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Links to more Talking Point stories