why would an innocent person refuse to speak about their innocence? Someone refusing to speak does so to hide their guilt.dickytim: We are so worried about our legal rights on this subject we have forgotten about our moral obligation as a human being...
Two brilliant posts which perfectly sum up everything in this thread.
If somebody has been murdered. And there was a witness in the house at the time, witnesses knows what happened, and refuses to speak. Well that witness should have no right to silence. If they want silence, then they should have the right to silence in a police cell. Where are the rights of the deceased? (Or does she no longer have any because she is now dead?)
Unfortunately many people in our society lack a moral compass. They don't believe that they have any moral obligations in life. Life revolves around these people, they put themselves first, think only of themselves, take from life whatever they can for free. Give back nothing. Free loaders! Our society is full of these people. Its therefore up to the law to force that moral obligation on such humans. In this case, the law is failing the poor woman who was burnt to death.
Would you feel this strongly if the crime was only a B&E rather than a GBH or manslaughter case?