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Judge throws out "entrapment" case

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Whilst the street scene is, rightly, off-topic, board readers might like to look at the comments of the learned judge in this case.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/8508931.stm

That situation might change with the introduction of Section 19 (Soliciting: England and Wales) of the Policing and Crime Act 2009, when it will be one strike and you're out. Extract from the explanatory notes :-

The new section removes the need for persistency making kerb-crawling or soliciting punishable on the first occasion. In the case of kerb-crawling it also removes any requirement for the soliciting to be shown to cause nuisance or annoyance to others.

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Observing prosecuting authorities were using "wholly artificial" concepts to criminalise lawful conduct which they considered to be "reprehensible", Lord Justice Elias urged all courts to have "no truck with it".

Some sensible comments. Lord Justice Elias normally sits in the Court of Appeal. A glimmer of hope perhaps.

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That situation might change with the introduction of Section 19 (Soliciting: England and Wales) of the Policing and Crime Act 2009, when it will be one strike and you're out. Extract from the explanatory notes :-

The new section removes the need for persistency making kerb-crawling or soliciting punishable on the first occasion. In the case of kerb-crawling it also removes any requirement for the soliciting to be shown to cause nuisance or annoyance to others.

I think it depends if it goes to court. Also if the person is of good character and its his first offence than maybe they will throw it out. After all he was only looking for sex!

Also it would be nice if female police officers did something useful like catching armed robbers.

The problem with this government is too much legislation not enough goverance.

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I think it depends if it goes to court

The only chance of it not going to court is if it's a tramp doing the soliciting. Otherwise they can make money out of it.

KER-CHING :)

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The only chance of it not going to court is if it's a tramp doing the soliciting. Otherwise they can make money out of it.

KER-CHING :)

As this case demonstrated. If they are unsuccessful why waste money and resources? Afterall doesn't the CPS have the final word if a case goes to court or not?

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If they are unsuccessful why waste money and resources? Afterall doesn't the CPS have the final word if a case goes to court or not?

I assume that in the case shown in the link, it was (to quote Helen Jones) the YTS trainee who was in charge that day..

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As this case demonstrated. If they are unsuccessful why waste money and resources? Afterall doesn't the CPS have the final word if a case goes to court or not?

CPS has the say if it goes to court, as long as there is reasonable chance the case can be won. Even if you steal a banana it will be treated as any other case.

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