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Schrödinger’s pardon: the difficulties of the Turing Bill

Chalmers, James (2016) Schrödinger’s pardon: the difficulties of the Turing Bill. Democratic Audit UK (24 Oct 2016). Website.

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When the ‘Turing Bill’ – which would have granted pardons to people with historical convictions for consensual gay sex – was talked out by the government last week, there was confusion and misunderstanding about the ramifications. The practical problem is that the old law did not distinguish between non-consensual and consensual gay sex. James Chalmers explains the difference between disregarding a conviction and pardoning it, and how the ‘Sharkey amendment’ accepted by the government will differ from John Nicholson MP’s ‘Turing Bill’. He suggests another way of tackling the problem – but one which is unlikely to gain backing.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 11:23
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2021 23:22

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