|Not proven ya *******|
The incident was captured on TV and has been replayed endlessly, reminding us all of Scotland's shame. Notwithstanding this, while the accused was found guilty of breach of the peace the charge of assault was found not proven to the bemusement of many. Not having heard all the evidence FB is unable to comment on the wisdom or other of the jury and whatever the merits of the case it shows the potential independent mindedness of the jury system.
But FB thinks that there might be something in this not proven verdict - particularly in the case of LBW. He therefore invites the East of Scotland Cricket Association to trial this verdict while FB is batting next season. He has been concerned about the quality of evidence presented to umpires by prosecuting bowlers in recent seasons and thinks a higher standard of proof might be appropriate. FB recognises that the jury system is impracticable since a group of 15 standing at the bowler's end would make it pretty difficult for most bowlers to get to the crease. But if the umpire had the third verdict, the Scottish verdict, available, justice could be seen to be done.