Someone said :
Anyone following the trial in Belfast?
People have very strong feelings about it. I feel there is a conflation of moral judgement withb legal judgement. Although the boys were clearly behaving badly, a crazy vigorous sex life isn't a crime, but one where one party hasn't given clearly permission is. One side is lying, and its hard to call. If the wrong call is made, one side will be unfairly destroyed.
What I find outrageous is the 9 men, 3 women on the jury. How the hell was that allowed.
Yes, I have read abcut this case and if the mobile phone text messages are true, and it seems that they may well be, then the case against those Ulster rugby players is damning. The most disgusting aspect of this case is that a number of major Ireland rugby international players have intervened in their defence. Stupid and unwise move if those guys are found guilty.
The gender composition of the the jury is not as much of a an issue as you might think. I served on the jury for a rape trial nearly 20 years ago and it was the male jurors who were more convinced of the defendant's guilt (he was acquitted).