Law - Lunacy in the law
Murdered goes free after judge rules Evidence too damning
Egads...The guy confessed and DNA evidence placed him at the scene of the crime.
What sort of idiotic legislation could possible lead to this lunacy?
Under Section 137 of the Evidence Act 1995 "the court must refuse to admit evidence adduced by the prosecutor if its probative value is outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice to the defendant."
What that means, is if the a single piece of evidence is so overpowering it would sway a jury from giving a fair trial, it cannot be used.
Sooo.., if the guy is obviously guilty due to a single piece of evidence, you can't use it???
Watch as our civilization crumbles...
(Hat Tip: Tim Blair)