Charging and convicting rioters is not a simple matter – The Guardian

Posted August 11th, 2011 in bail, news, sentencing, violent disorder by sally

“Amid the present – understandably febrile – state of public opinion we are hearing, as we often do in these circumstances, calls to short-circuit the cumbersome processes of the law in order to bring the rampaging rioters and looters to justice. The prime minister is reported as saying that a ‘major police operation’ is under way to track down looters caught on CCTV ‘picture by picture’, and that ‘phony concerns about human rights’ issues won’t stop them being published. He wants anyone convicted of violent disorder to be sent to prison.”

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The Guardian, 11th August 2011