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The Prospect duel: anonymity for rape defendants?

AC Grayling Vs Emily Thornberry

By Prospect Team   November 2013

Defendants in sex offence trials were granted anonymity until 1988. The debate has been reignited in the wake of Operation Yewtree, the probe into child abuse by Jimmy Savile, and other high-profile allegations. Michael Le Vell, Coronation Street actor, was recently acquitted of sex offence charges, and Rolf Harris and Nigel Evans, former Deputy Speaker, will stand trial in the spring. In a recent ComRes/Independent survey three-quarters supported anonymity until conviction. Should the law be reversed?

YES–AC Grayling: In general I am opposed to anonymity, especially in blogs and on Twitter.…

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