Letters: Louise Woodward

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Sir: Kevin McGrath and John Heawood (Letters, 6 November) choose to ignore the fact that the acquittal of the guilty is as much a miscarriage of justice as the conviction of the innocent. If the jurors in the Woodward trial thought her guilty of a serious crime, they were quite right to have a "prejudice in favour of conviction", and were presumably aware of the further expedients available to the judge.

By their own logic your two correspondents would no doubt wish to condemn those English juries who, in the days of capital punishment, found "not guilty" because they didn't want an execution rather than because they thought the defendant innocent.