In the wake of the Colston 4 trial, Conservative MPs are pushing for ‘anti-woke’ changes to the law.
TORY MPs want to change the law to prevent juries from returning “perverse” not guilty verdicts based on political considerations rather than the law.
In the aftermath of the not guilty verdicts for the left wing protesters who tore down Sir Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol, the Sunday Express has learned that Home Secretary Priti Patel and Attorney General Suella Benjamin met with the influential Common Sense Group of Tory MPs chaired by former minister Sir John Hayes.
The four defendants were charged with criminal damage in connection with the incident in June of last year, but the jury found them “not guilty” after the defense urged them “not to be on the wrong side of history.”
24 Conservative MPs have written to Ms Patel, Ms Braverman, and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab, requesting that the Attorney General’s powers to have verdicts reviewed in the Court of Appeal be strengthened.
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Changes, according to the group, could “strengthen the effective application of existing statutes,” “provide even clearer guidance for courts on judges’ directions and grounds for acquittal,” and “take further steps to both deter and punish violent mobs of the kind that rampaged unpunished in Bristol.”
Ms Braverman is expected to use her existing powers to take the case to the Court of Appeal.
They questioned whether the trial should have been held in front of a jury and whether it should have occurred outside of Bristol, where the crime was committed.
While acknowledging that the jury system is “a cornerstone” of British justice, the 24 MPs and peers added: “Faith in the rule of law and trust in the jury system are essential components of effective criminal justice, which are jeopardized when the public witnesses patently absurd, perverse verdicts of this kind with astonishment.”
The group is concerned that the Colston 4 trial will “set a wider precedent” by allowing other “woke activists” to get away with breaking the law.
This includes climate change extremists such as the Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain, who have clogged the transportation system, prevented newspapers from being distributed, and put lives in danger by blocking ambulances with other traffic.