posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 06:13 PM
I think the Sheriff's sentencing was too severe in the circumstances but it was his call. The defendant has the right of appeal to the Sheriff
Principal, appeals for this kind of crime are normally heard quick enough.
Don't forget, Scotland has a separate legal system altogether. Most criminal offences are dealt with by summary procedure (i.e. no jury), it's for
the Crown alone to decide when a solemn procedure (jury of 15) is more appropriate. Solemn procedures bring their own risks ... if found guilty the
punishment is often more severe.
That's been the Scottish way for centuries, there's been no erosion of jury trials as such (because jury trials simply aren't as common as in