November 25th, 2007

Another nail in the coffin

Posted in Not the Job by 200

In another example of how criminals get better treatment than the rest of us it transpires that the families of military personnel killed in Afghanistan & Iraq must pay for their own legal fees to hire a lawyer to represent them at the inquests.

34-year-old Matthew Bacon was killed by a roadside bomb in Basra in 2005. His father, Roger, wanted a lawyer to ask questions about his son’s death, on the family’s behalf, at the inquest but was told he would have to foot the bill himself.

The Ministry of Defence uses tax-payers’ money to pay for their lawyers at the same inquest.

This is rather a rather different situation if the dead person happens to be some low-life scum who dies whilst serving time in one of Her majesty’s prisons. Their families are entitled to free legal aid to cover their costs at inquests.

What does that say about the state of this great nation of ours?

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2 comments

  1. chairwoman says:

    That’s absolutely dreadful, there is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for this sorry state of affairs.

    There are, however, several young lawyers who represent soldiers at courts martial, and I am sure he could find someone to represent him pro bono at the inquest, although, of course, this course of action should never be necessary.

    November 25th, 2007 at 08:53

  2. cheshire geraldo says:

    Sadly, we are all living in the past. This country is no longer a great nation because of the attitudes of the very people who “run” it. How have we allowed this sort of situation to happen?

    November 25th, 2007 at 19:45

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