Cases leave lasting damage

Cases leave lasting damage

Cases leave lasting damage

First published in Opinion

THE criminal justice system tests the strength and righteousness of a prosecution case and (if it works properly) will find it wanting if the evidence is not there.

In the case of Russell Woolwright the jury took just 90 minutes to decide the former teacher was not guilty of sexual activity with a pupil.

So it all ends ok? Well, not really. Mr Woolwright has had his career badly damaged, though in the longer term he may get it back on track. He has been through a very testing ordeal.

And he is right. In these type of cases, the balance of power is far too heavily weighted against the accused.

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