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Giving a voice to the silent

Allegations of the past must be addressed in the present for the sake of the victims

By A C Grayling   October 2015

Investigations into allegations about the notable dead—I have Edward Heath in mind, who might be innocent, and Jimmy Savile, who almost certainly was not—raise inevitable questions about justice. It could be pointed out that the fact that the dead cannot defend themselves violates the principle audi alterem partem—“hear the other side.” It is easy to attack a completely inert target: the accuser is immune to counterattack, and therefore indicts, asperses, alleges and vilifies with impunity. This, so critics of the accusers might say,…

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