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McInnes warns corroboration proposals threaten to tip scales of justice

January 16, 2014 6:05 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have urged SNP Ministers to withdraw plansAlison McInnesAlison McInnes to scrap corroboration from the Criminal Justice Bill. During First Minister's Questions, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP criticised the Justice Secretary's form for passing rushed legislation which is later found wanting.

Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

"The Justice Secretary's proposals threaten to tip the scales of justice. Miscarriages of justice are an affront in a civilised society, yet these proposals risk many more wrongful convictions.

"The SNP have now got themselves into the ludicrous position of asking parliament to vote for something they openly acknowledge is deeply flawed and needs changed, promising they will sort it out later. Who has ever heard the like before?

"The Justice Secretary must withdraw these ill-considered plans from the Criminal Justice Bill altogether and put them to an independent commission for thorough review. We cannot pass a piece of legislation with our fingers crossed that it might come out all right in the end. Once corroboration is gone, it is gone forever."