The most basic principle of English law is that a man is innocent until proved guilty. This proposal stands that principle on its head. It assumes that any man on trial for rape is guilty and therefore ineligible to cross- examine the woman accusing him.
Those accused of rape should have the same rights of cross- examination available to those accused of any other crime. Mr Straw's proposals are an abuse of civil rights.
JAMES G FLUSS
London NW4Reuse content