Thursday, April 28, 2005

Fancy That!

The UK is one of just eight countries in Europe where convicted prisoners can't vote, but now the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. In favor of the felons.

The laws that prevent prisoners from voting, which can be traced back to the 14th century, were challenged by John Hirst, 54, sentenced to life in 1980 after he admitted the manslaughter, on the grounds of diminished responsibility, of his landlady.

A year ago, the European Court of Human Rights found in his favour.

In response, the Government asked for the case to be reconsidered by a full court of 17 judges. That hearing took place yesterday and a ruling is expected later in the year.