[LMB] re: stupid law tricks

Michael R N Dolbear m.dolbear at lineone.net
Sun, 3 Feb 2002 20:40:53 -0000


> From: Pouncer at aol.com
> Subject: [LMB] re: stupid law tricks
> Date: 03 February 2002 19:50
> 
> Message: 4
> Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2002 21:15:44 -0500
>  James Burbidge <jamesandmary.burbidge at sympatico.ca>
> 
[...]
> And in criminal law, I would presume, the statutes of limitation
> on various offenses are similarly motivated.  The older the memories
> of witnesses, the more stale the evidence, the harder to establish
> guilt beyond a reasonable doubt -- at some point, for sufficiently
> minor offenses -- the legislature directs the executive and judiciary
> not to bother.

English Criminal Law didn't and hasn't got statutes of limitation for
serious offenses.

The books quote a prosecution for theft after forty years IIRC.

Of a book.

Little Egret