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The criminal law cannot solve ubiquitous social problems. Although it’s tempting to think otherwise the prosecution of a criminal offence is a narrow exercise. When judges lose sight of the evidence in favour of “the bigger issues” wrongful convictions are sure to follow. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the charged atmosphere of sexual assault allegations. Read Frank’s discussion of the dangers of eroding the reasonable doubt standard in criminal trials, which was first printed in The Advocates’ Journal, and which can be seen here.