Vanessa Layton

Week two: Courtroom drama

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  • Criminal law certainly isn't for everyone, luckily enough there are still people who want to specialise in it because even corporate hot shots can end up getting in trouble.

    Don't forget that rape and murder only represent a small number of all crimines brought to trial, most are fairly bog standard burglaries, car crimes and so on.

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  • I would hope that Criminal Law is about justice and righteousness however I'm unsure because of this personal experience. I saved a 15 year old girls life outside Pimlico's Churchill Gardens Estate from being curb stomped by 15 other girls. If I didn't break It up she was dead for sure, used my first aid skills to alleviate her shock and brain heomeraging until the ambulance came and then took a ride with the police to I.D. the attackers. Went to the station made a full 4x A4 page report and even drew detailed account of what happened. Upon completing this I asked the officer what would come of this. He said probably nothing, be thrown out in court. I said you mean to say I just wasted my time here for nothing. He sheepishly nodded yes and said his time is wasted on paperwork as an officer and most people he arrests are back on the streets the next day. I didn't want to believe It, I was the key witness and was told to expect to be called but told I probably won't. Never was called and when I met the mum of the victim she said the attackers were from her daughters school infact classroom and her daughter was expelled, not the 15 attackers. I wanted to be a Criminal Lawyer but now I've changed my career to a Draughtsman for a Public Health Consultant so I'm not a proffessional in Law, which is why I ask. What possibly could have happened that this case did not get taken further than my statement? I ask this because I found this to be unjust and I don't know the legal system/process maybe I missed something. Does this happen often?

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  • Hi vanessa, met you on first tutors
    sorry to try and contact you through your blog, its just the university won't give me any details and i can't find you anymore on the tutor website
    today i left a message with the law department for you but i dont know if you'll get it, please could you contact me, im still interested in have you tutor me
    xhevax_2@hotmail.co.uk
    thanks x

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