Pallas October 18, 2021 Share October 18, 2021 The criminal case against Leonard might have outcomes ranging from his being bound over, to probation, to imprisonment. Under the U.K.'s Sexual Offenses Act of 1956, "gross indecency" carried a maximum sentence of two years, a sentence that could be mitigated by evidence of "previous good character" and a pre-trial confession. Even under the prior law, imprisonment was not the norm: in 1951, one in four gross indecency convictions resulted in jail sentences; fines and probation were the more frequent legal result. (I haven't found a citation about how frequently probation, under the 1956 law, included chemical castration. Alan Turing was prosecuted under the 1885 law, and with particular zeal. He and his partner Arnold Murray were tried together; both pleaded guilty, and both were convicted of the same six offenses. Turing received probation conditional upon 12 months' DES "treatment," while Murray's sentence was bound over for 12 months of good behavior.) The Church of England is another matter. This really is a measure of what the writer wants to say. Will an authority above the Archdeacon -- the Bishop or Archbishop -- intervene? Who and what will the show's CofE choose to protect? How the parish and the town will respond is a third question, whether or not Leonard is convicted, and whether or not he is pressured to leave the clergy -- or ultimately chooses to do so, to be true to himself. Can he and Daniel make a home in the show's Grantchester? Sidenote: in the Sexual Offenses Act of 1956, the charge of "indecent assault upon a woman" carries a maximum sentence of two years; for "indecent assault upon a man," it is ten. This remained true until 1985. 2 9 1 Link to comment
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