Letter: Woodward trial

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Sir: It is entirely natural that Ann Treneman should want to defend her country and its legal system ("Britain's xenophobic response hides the real issue - a clash of cultures", 1 November) but in doing so she displays the same xenophobia she claims to detect in Britain.

In my experience, disquiet at the Louise Woodward verdict is caused not by anti-American prejudice but by examination of evidence which quite clearly failed to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Of course cultural differences cause misunderstandings but surely it is no more xenophobic to question the verdict of an American court than it is treacherous to question the verdict of a British one.

KEVIN DAY

London SW16

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