Few would argue with the value of a law that has secured convictions in some of the most notorious murder cases of recent years, joint enterprise is a law which allows people who were simply associated with and present when a murder took place to be convicted and sentenced to life even if they themselves were unaware of the crime that was about to take place, making them responsible for the acts of others. Rising incidents of gun and knife crime have put pressure of successive governments to take though action on gangs. Joint Enterprise, a 300 year old law has proved a highly effective weapon in this fight but there is a growing unease within the legal profession that its being too widely applied.
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