Letter: Trial by TV
Saturday 10 April 1999
Mr Anderson said: "The programme includes significant new material which may open new avenues of inquiry for the police. However, we are confident it will not prejudice any possible future prosecution of the five suspects." The programme, however, was heavily edited and openly hostile to the interviewees. If "significant new material" was introduced (and that is arguable), the fact that it was delivered to us as part of a hostile, indignant, journalistic case is obviously prejudicial to any new trial based on the new material.
For the programme-makers to have treated the wishes of the Lawrences and their friends and lawyers with such cold contempt in a bid for some first-night headline-catching is simply shameful.
Dr GARY SLAPPER
The Law Programme
The Open University
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