I think you have underlined the reason for the verdict.This man was found not guilty by a jury, .
I think the report that he's 'cleared of killing' the cyclist is just journalistic shorthand. Most likely, he's cleared of legal fault for her death. Not really surprising, given that the chances are that the jury were all motorists, none of them cyclists, and probably more than half of them, when they drive, drive too close to the vehicle in front of them.I don't understand this at all. If I knocked down and killed a pedestrian/cyclist/motorway maintenance worker then how could I be "cleared" of killing that person?
I for one do not believe that britain has a credible [or reliable] PRESS. Facts do not sell newspapers,scandal and hype does. A large part of the world would fight [and many would willingly die] for a legal system such as ours [even with it's flaws and mistakes,and there are many]. The very fact that we can freely critisize it in open forum is some proof of that.I sometimes wonder if the press do this sort of thing on purpose. This man was found not guilty by a jury, so what facts did they have that weren't reported in the headline story. Is it a case of the press just sensationalising a story by withholding certain facts to sell papers.
That being said, I for one do not believe Britain has a credible justice system.
I want to think otherwise but I know you are rightI think you have underlined the reason for the verdict.
The jury is drawn from the general populace and is likely to include a high percentage of drivers many of whom think "there but for the grace of god" when they look at a driver in the dock and will look sympathetically on those charged with driving offences, particularly when the victim is not another driver.
Oh so that's alright then? Because we have a legal system "many would die for" the fact that some poor highly visible( "The experienced rider and triathlete was wearing high-visibility clothes and visored helmet. She also had reflectors fitted to her cycle") cyclist was mowed down by white van man doesn't really bother you? If you notice all the ones you say claim to be picked on don't fall into the category of having their lives put at risk(apart from motorcyclists) like us cyclists. They might have a gripe about "equality" or "unfairness" but that doesn't involve being killed then seeing the law turn a blind eye to their death does it?! Every time i go out i'm concious of people like Daniel McKay, are they concious of me when they go out..i don't think so!I for one do not believe that britain has a credible [or reliable] PRESS. Facts do not sell newspapers,scandal and hype does. A large part of the world would fight [and many would willingly die] for a legal system such as ours [even with it's flaws and mistakes,and there are many]. The very fact that we can freely critisize it in open forum is some proof of that.
As for the "ooh look at us we're being picked on" attitude. I for one have heard the same sort of thing from m/cyclists, car drivers, farmers, truck drivers,several assorted ethnic groups and dog walkers, and that's only so far this week. It aint a perfect world, get over it.
Finally comment without all the facts is, as Blackadder would say, like a broken pencil, pointless.
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