Michael Le Vell has been cleared of charges relating to sexual abuse of child. He was cleared of Rape, indecent assault, sexual activity with a child and causing a child to engage in sexual activity. He is now free to return to his daytime job on Coronation Street and of course his normal everyday life ………….
Here is the problem; when anyone, famous or not, has been accused very publicly of such things are they ever acquitted? From now on will he be Kevin Webster off the tv or will he be Michael le vell, cleared of rape charges with a minor. This accusation will hang over him like a sword of Damocles.
What can be done? Maybe the answer lies in anonymity. In cases, high profile or not, maybe there is an argument for keeping the names of those accused secret until after the case. It would certainly help in cases like this that are enacted in the public eye, how many jurors had not read about Jimmy Saville, Operation Yewtree or Michael le Vell? With prior knowledge comes bias. With anonymity comes a better assessment on the part of the courts system and a better chance of a return to normal life for those wrongly accused. Who wants to be conspicuous in such a scenario?