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Defendant vs victim rights: A time for change?

The Law Society Gazette
Commentary and opinion by Seema Dosaj

As the Lucy Letby trial came to a close and she was found guilty of some of the most heinous of crimes, shouts of ‘whose rights are more important?!’ and ‘drag her there kicking a screaming if you have to!’ could be heard in every corner of the country as the prolific serial baby killer refused to face her victims in court for sentencing. But can we, as a ‘civilised’ society, really force people to attend? Shackle them and drag them to face their victims?

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