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Law in Focus: 'Householders Who Use Violence on Burglars' - John Spencer
Posted on Friday 26th October 2012.
In the fourth of the Faculty's series of videos entitled 'Law in Focus', Professor John Spencer examines the plans to amend the criminal law to ensure that even householders who react in a way that may seem disproportionate in the cold light of day will be protected from prosecution, which were announced by new Justice Secretary Chris Grayling at the 2012 Conservative Party conference. This reopened a long-running discussion about the balance of legal rights between the home owner and those trespassing onto the property for criminal purposes. The law received the most scrutiny in the case of Tony Martin, the Norfolk farmer who killed one burglar and wounded another who entered his home in 1999, and was subsequently convicted of murder (reduced to manslaughter on appeal).
Professor Spencer is Professor of Law, Co-Director of the Centre for European Legal Studies, and Honorary President of the European Criminal Law Association. He has written extensively on criminal justice matters and has been involved in a number of law reform projects. For more information about Professor Spencer, please refer to his staff profile.
Law in Focus is a series of short videos featuring academics from the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law, addressing legal issues in current affairs and the news. These issues are examples of the many which challenge researchers and students studying undergraduate and postgraduate law at the Faculty. Law in Focus is available on YouTube, or to subscribe to in iTunes U.
Other collections of video and audio recordings from the Faculty of Law are available at Lectures at Law.