This blog / website was created to highlight the inadequacies and iniquities of our current criminal justice system.
The motto of this site is taken from a quote of the eighteenth century English jurist, judge and Tory politician, Sir William Blackstone:
“All presumptive evidence of felony should be admitted cautiously; for the law holds it better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent party suffer.”
Sir William Blackstone (1723 – 1780)
Emoji-uk focuses on miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions of innocent people, especially (but not necessarily limited to) those affected by false allegations of sex offences, particularly in England and Wales.
The number of alleged sex crimes has ballooned in recent times and make up a large proportion of all the cases tried in our courts, often on little or no evidence other than the complainant’s allegations.
Furthermore, the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) estimate that around 30% of all those applicants maintaining innocence are accused of sexual offences.
The availability of compensation for complainants together with the protection of lifelong anonymity and near negligible risk of prosecution has created perfect conditions for ruthless opportunists to exploit this loophole and wreck the lives of innocent, law-abiding citizens, who are subsequently seriously let down by the society they have served.
Another area of serious injustice concerns the legal concept of Joint Enterprise which can and has undoubtedly led to innocent people being convicted of murder.
After having been wrongly convicted, the Court of Appeal aggravates the injustice by setting impossible conditions for appeal, closing ranks and steadfastly refusing to overturn jury decisions no matter how groundless they were.
This is in direct opposition to numerous justice commissions having recommended a greater willingness to fulfil their duty to quash unwarranted jury decisions.
It is hoped that this site can add yet another voice to the growing clamour for change in the criminal justice system.