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And they say that justice is blind... HA! The courts don't even try to hide their unequal treatment of genders in court anymore. They are now cocky enough that they can actually publicly state their anti-objectivity as formal, official policy. Why should the gender of a single individual warrant any special treatment? How does this promote justice? Research has overwhelmingly proven the common myth - that men are more violent than women - is false. Why shouldn't the same crime get the same sentence for both men and women (all other things being equal)? Well, if judges can consider gender when determining sentencing, why not race? How about religion? Actually, perhaps left-handed people should get a more lenient sentence as well. Why is it that the government can openly discriminate but, when a company does it, they break the law?


Female criminals are more likely to have mental health or educational difficulties and to have parenting responsibilities, while a lower proportion will have committed violent crimes than men, according to new guidelines.

Judges ought to "bear these matters in mind" when passing sentence, according to the Equal Treatment Bench Book, published by the Judicial Studies Board (JSB).

The body, which is responsible for training judges, said female victims, witnesses and criminals have a very different experience in court than male counterparts.

It said: "These differences highlight the importance of the need for sentencers to bear these matters in mind when sentencing.

(You can find the Gender Equality section of the Judicial Solutions Board's Equal Treatment Bench Book here.)

Judges told: 'be more lenient to women criminals' - Judges have been told to deal less severely with female criminals than men when determining how to sentence them


Original posting by Braincrave Second Life staff on Oct 4, 2010 at http://www.braincrave.com/viewblog.php?id=340

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