The precepts of equality


Deaf, hubby to Rachel, dad to Corey, Libby and Emily, Solicitor, Lecturer in Legal Practice at University of South Wales, PhD student at University of Leicester.

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  1. Toby Stewart says:

    I’m troubled by the lack of legislation to enhance equality in criminal sentencing for the deaf. It is almost a cliche that the deaf are sentenced to solitary confinement when in custody, and nobody disputes the cruel and unusual obstacles faced by the deaf as they are processed by the criminal law. We all note the unfairness, the lack of equality, and we chatter and throw up our well paid legal hands, and signal our charitable virtue far and wide. But then we don’t actually write any legislation to remedy the evil. We don’t pass sentencing laws which require time served by the deaf to count as double.

    Why? If one supposes we haven’t the legal resources, I can point you to tens of thousands of pages of commercial market regulation, all of which have the express purpose of making unfair scenarios less unfair. In one sense, lawyers who draft new laws don’t do anything except make unfair situations less unfair. Yet you are a better legal researcher than I, if you can find even one legal provision that seeks to redress the inherent and uncontested unfairness of criminal sentencing upon the deaf.

    It is submitted that we lawyers have a strange set of values, with regard to the disabled community. We do not see the blind, and we do not hear the deaf. They are simply useful to us, as amplifiers of our most carefully crafted sense of self.

    If laws passed are a valid metric of priorities in the value systems of a legal community, there is acute need for introspection and analysis of the raw data.

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