The other day Andrew Little said that Labour had a new policy where they wanted to shift the burden of proof in rape cases from the prosecution to the defence.
Essentially Labour thinks that someone charged with rape should have to prove consent.
Predictably, after copping a flogging online and on talkback for the last few days, they are now in full reverse ferret mode.
A case of Andrew Little thinking out loud.
Labour’s downplaying its justice spokesman’s proposal to shift the burden of proof in rape cases.
The party wants the Law Commission to consider a shift to an inquisitorial system – to make courtrooms less combative for alleged victims of sexual assault.
Mr Little’s suggested the defence should have to show there was consent, to prove the accused’s innocence. Â Â Read more »