Angry protestors held a demonstration in central London today over a decision to hold off on a review into joint enterprise.
MPs had called for an “urgent review” into the law, but yesterday it was rejected by the government, who say it will be reviewed after the general election. Campaigners argue the law leads to unfair jail sentences. The law means more than one person may be found guilty for what may technically be another person's crime - for instance, a person may be convicted of murder, even if they were not the one to actually stab the person.
It is often applied in situations such as a fatal gang beatings, where it can be nearly impossible to establish who exactly delivered the murderous blow.
It was used to convict the killers of Stephen Lawrence.
To get a conviction under the joint enterprise doctrine, prosecutors must prove a gang member could have foreseen that another person would commit serious harm.
London Live’s Alison Earle explains why so many are up in arms over what’s been happening.