UK Legal System: Why does the news say "X cannot be named for legal reasons"?

In the recent case of "Baby P" for example, the mother has not been named for legal reasons, yet the two other men implicated HAVE been named. (All three are over 18).
Also, in a news article today, a 16 year old boy convicted of 8 sexual assults has his name and face plastered all over the papers – but usually they say child criminals under 18 "cannot be named for legal reasons". I’m confused!
What are these "legal reasons"?

I know in the States 16 year olds are considered minors, and therefore have more identity protective rights than those over 18.

Post Author: mark

3 thoughts on “UK Legal System: Why does the news say "X cannot be named for legal reasons"?

    Suzy Creamcheese

    (January 28, 2010 - 5:39 pm)

    I KNOW! I don’t get it either – these people should be named and shamed. And beaten the fucking hell out of [Baby P’s murderers especially]. RIP, poor child.
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    Pirate Girls Kick Butt!

    (January 28, 2010 - 6:16 pm)

    Who the heck knows. Law is so confusing. Maybe it’s something to do with how they plea, or weather or not she allows them to give up her name. IDK really know but great Q.
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    Keeler [RIP Mitch Mitchell]

    (January 28, 2010 - 6:36 pm)

    I know in the States 16 year olds are considered minors, and therefore have more identity protective rights than those over 18.
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