Paul Jeeves reports:
A campaign for an overhaul of the law to grant anonymity to teachers accused by pupils ahead of court cases has been launched by a lawyer who has joined forces with an international best-selling author.
The call for the so-called Bill’s Law has been named after a respected teacher, William Stuart, who was acquitted following a six-month ordeal which was sparked when a 15-year-old girl alleged he had assaulted her.
His solicitor, Nick Turner, has linked up with the best-selling author Graham Taylor – a family friend of the Stuarts in Scarborough and a former police officer and vicar – to call on the Government to change the law to help teachers avoid potentially damaging media exposure ahead of conviction.
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Why not doctors, too, then – or priests – or any profession that might be accused by children? The reputation of a teacher is no more important than the reputation of a pediatrician or a day care worker or a priest. And in this digital world, the potential for reputation harm based on charges that may ultimately result in acquittal is a significant concern for everyone – not just those working with children.
It strikes me that this is the type of law that should apply to everyone or no one.