Archive for the 'miscarriage of justice' Category

Forensics cut will be ‘disastrous’ for victims of injustice – The Guardian

“Miscarriages of justice will not be corrected and public confidence in the criminal justice system will be damaged if proposed changes to the forensic science service go ahead, according to Richard Foster, chairman of the criminal cases review commission.”

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The Guardian, 30th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Criminal cases review commission: the last bastion of hope – The Guardian

“Inside the independent body set up to investigate miscarriages of justice after the court of appeal has thrown them out.”

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The Guardian, 30th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

George Davis in court 40 years after robbery that sent him to jail – The Guardian

“Judges will finally decide whether ‘George Davis Is Innocent OK’ as they look again at notorious miscarriage of justice case.”

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The Guardian, 24th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Row erupts over police interpreters – Law Society’s Gazette

“Detainees at police stations in four areas of the north-west are at risk of miscarriages of justice due to the police forces’ use of inadequate interpreters, the Gazette has been told.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Partner of Rachel Nickell to take Met to European court – The Independent

“The partner of murdered Rachel Nickell today said he would take his compensation claim against the Metropolitan Police to the European Court of Human Rights.”

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The Independent, 16th November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Paddy Hill wins trauma counselling for Birmingham Six ordeal – The Guardian

“Almost 20 years after he was found innocent of committing one of the worst terrorist bombings in Britain, Paddy Hill has won his fight for intensive trauma counselling.”

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The Guardian, 19th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal victory for Barry George – The Independent

“Barry George, who was acquitted of the murder of television presenter Jill Dando after spending eight years behind bars, won the first round of a legal battle yesterday over a decision that he is not entitled to compensation.”

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The Independent, 26th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Barry George in court fight for compensation – BBC News

“Barry George, who was acquitted of the murder of television presenter Jill Dando, takes his battle for compensation to the High Court later.”

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BBC News, 25th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New evidence may clear postman of sex attack after 14 years in jail – The Guardian

“Lawyer for Victor Nealon says crucial forensic evidence was left untested as surgeon insists wrong man was convicted.”

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sion Jenkins: the Home Office decides that ‘not guilty’ is different from ‘innocent’ – The Guardian

“The government decides compensation should be paid only to those who wrongly spend time in prison if new evidence has proved them innocent.”

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The Guardian, 15th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sion Jenkins compensation bid rejected – The Independent

“Former teacher Sion Jenkins was refused compensation for the six years he spent in prison before being acquitted of his foster daughter’s murder, it was reported today.”

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The Independent, 10th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Can we address miscarriages of justice that occurred before our time? – The Guardian

“The recent death of Martin Beales, author who exonerated a notorious lawyer who was hanged in 1922, raises questions over righting long-gone alleged wrongs.”

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The Guardian, 5th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police apology for wrongful conviction of Warren Blackwell – The Independent

“A man who spent more than three years in jail for a crime he did not commit today described an apology from the police force that helped convict him as ‘too little, too late’.”

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The Independent, 18th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Jim Watts is serving 12 years for abusing disabled women but is he a victim of a miscarriage of justice? – The Guardian

“Jim Watts, 57, a former disability bus driver, is serving a 12-and-a-half year jail sentence for sexually assaulting four severely mentally and physically disabled women.But there are serious concerns, raised by his legal team, that Watts, a married father of two, has been the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice, and that his case could serve as a significant deterrent to people thinking of working with severely disabled people.”

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

UK’s secret surveillance regime does not breach human rights, rules ECHR – OUT-LAW.com

“The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a claim that the UK’s Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) violates the human right to a private life. The UK’s rules and safeguards on covert surveillance are proportionate, said the court.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th May 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Compensation for man accused of training September 11 attackers – The Independent

“A man who was wrongly accused of training the September 11 attackers will be given compensation, the Ministry of Justice confirmed today.”

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The Independent, 23rd April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Barry George refused £1.4 million compensation claim over Jill Dando murder – Daily Telegraph

“Barry George, the loner cleared of the murder of the television presenter Jill Dando after spending eight years in jail, has been refused a £1.4 million compensation claim.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th April 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Court sets deadline for Straw to settle case of 9/11 suspect Lotfi Raissi – The Guardian

“The justice secretary, Jack Straw, was ordered by a court yesterday to announce whether the government accepts responsibility for one of the UK’s longest-standing miscarriages of justice.”

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The Guardian, 1st April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

UK’s ‘longest miscarriage of justice’ heads back to appeal court – The Guardian

“The case of a man convicted of a murder in London nearly 35 years ago is to be sent back to the court of appeal. Campaigners claim that the case is one of Britain’s longest-running miscarriages of justice.”

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The Guardian, 8th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

R (Adams) v Secretary of State for Justice – WLR Daily

R (Adams) v Secretary of State for Justice [2009] EWCA Civ 1291; [2009] WLR (D) 350

“A convicted person seeking compensation as a result of reversal of his conviction on the basis of new or newly discovered facts establishing beyond reasonable doubt that there had been a miscarriage of justice had to show that the facts had been unknown to the convicted person during the trial process or an in-time appeal. Incompetence by legal representatives in deploying those facts at trial was not envisaged as something going seriously wrong in the conduct of the trial such as to constitute a miscarriage of justice.”

WLR Daily, 3rd December 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Birmingham Six: 35 years on from injustice – The Independent

“Thirty five years ago, the IRA murdered 21 in the Birmingham pub bombings. Six men were jailed for crimes they did not commit, and spent 16 years in jail before their convictions were quashed. But how was life on the outside? Jonathan Owen talks to Johnny Walker.”

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The Independent, 23rd November 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Murder and rape convictions under review after Sean Hodgson miscarriage of justice – Daily Telegraph

“Up to 240 murder and rape convictions are being reviewed following the discovery of one of the worst miscarriages of justice in British legal history.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Police pay £3,000 to sex offender – BBC News

“A convicted paedophile has won more than £3,000 in damages from North Yorkshire Police for wrongful arrest.”

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BBC News, 20th July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Child porn inquiry faces legal challenge – The Independent

“One of Britain’s biggest online paedophile investigations will be challenged in the Court of Appeal following allegations that hundreds of men may have been wrongly convicted in a ‘huge miscarriage of justice’, it was reported today.”

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The Independent, 3rd July 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Regina (Miller and another) v Independent Assessor – WLR Daily

Regina (Miller and another) v Independent Assessor [2009] EWCA Civ 609; [2009] WLR (D) 206

“In assessing the compensation payable to a victim of miscarriage of justice who in consequence had served a term of imprisonment, the independent assessor should apply principles of other civil awards in respect of similar wrongs in order to achieve legal consistency with earlier decisions, having regard to the gravity of the offence of which the victim had been wrongly convicted and the period of his incarceration.”

WLR Daily, 22nd June 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Miscarriage of justice: more compensation ordered by judges – Daily Telegraph

“Senior judges have ordered an increase in the amount of compensation paid to Stephen Miller, a victim of a miscarriage of justice, in a test case lawyers said would have a ‘profound effect’ on such awards.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th June 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Ex-detective backs miscarriage of justice claim – The Guardian

“A former detective now working as a private investigator says that a file seized from him by police last year could hold key information about an alleged miscarriage of justice. His claim is the latest concern to be raised in the case, which involved another officer since convicted of corruption.”

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The Guardian, 5th May 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

DNA search for miscarriages of justice – The Guardian

“The head of the organisation that investigates alleged miscarriages of justice has ordered an urgent review of cases where DNA evidence is involved to find whether there are long-term prisoners whose innocence could now be scientifically proved.”

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The Guardian, 5th May 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judges order release of four men accused over Rwanda genocide – The Guardian

“Four men accused of taking part in the 1994 Rwandan genocide were ordered to be set free today after a British court ruled they would be at risk of a miscarriage of justice if they faced trial in Rwanda.”

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The Guardian, 8th April 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

£46 award for innocent man’s 27 years in prison – The Observer

“Sean Hodgson, who spent 27 years in jail for a crime he did not commit, has been given just £46 by the government with which to restart his life. The Prison Service has awarded the mentally ill former prisoner the equivalent of £1.70 for every year he was wrongly imprisoned.”

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The Observer, 22nd March 2009

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/

Miscarriage of justice victim served extra 11 years due to ‘lost’ evidence – The Guardian

“Vital evidence which could have secured the release of one of Britain’s longest-serving victims of a miscarriage of justice 11 years ago was held in a forgotten forensic science archive on an industrial site in the Midlands, the Guardian can reveal.”

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The Guardian, 19th March 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

27 years on, man wrongly convicted of killing barmaid is a week from freedom – The Guardian

“For 27 years the mother of a young barmaid had believed her daughter’s rapist and killer was behind bars. In the last few days it has become clear to Mary Sedotti that the man who strangled her daughter in the early hours of a December morning 30 years ago has never been caught.”

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The Guardian, 12th March 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Appeals need ‘bolder’ approach – BBC News

“The head of the organisation which investigates alleged miscarriages of justice has said he wants to be ‘bolder’ about challenging cases.”

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BBC News, 5th February 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man fails to win compensation for 14 years in prison – The Independent

“A former aircraft engineer who spent 14 years behind bars for a murder he says he did not commit today failed in his latest bid to win compensation.”

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The Independent, 4th February 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Man cleared of rape fails in attempt to sue – The Guardian

“A man cleared by the court of appeal of raping a woman cannot sue her for damages, the high court said yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 15th November 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Wrongly-jailed men lose compensation bids – The Independent

“Two victims of high-profile ‘miscarriages of justice’ cases lost a legal battle for increased compensation awards today.”

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The Independent, 13th November 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

‘It’s better that 10 guilty men go free than one innocent man be wrongly convicted’ – The Independent

“The country’s top appeal judges are failing to correct miscarriages of justice where they suspect the jury has come to a wrong verdict, the head of the body charged with investigating wrongful convictions has warned.”

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The Independent, 27th September 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Bridgewater case ‘should reopen’ – BBC News

“The mother of a man who spent 18 years in jail after being wrongly convicted of murdering a paperboy says he and the family want the case to be reopened.”

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BBC News, 15th September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Serving time: how much is it worth? – The Times

“How much compensation should be paid to someone whose life is blighted after being wrongly accused or even convicted and jailed for murder?”

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The Times, 28th August 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Billie-Jo’s foster father appeals for compensation – The Independent

“Sion Jenkins, cleared of murdering his foster daughter Billie-Jo after spending six years in jail, has revealed that he is appealing to the Home Office for compensation.”

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The Independent, 24th August 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Colin Stagg wins £706,000 payout over Rachel Nickell murder charge – The Guardian

“Colin Stagg, who was cleared 14 years ago of murdering Rachel Nickell, has been awarded £706,000 compensation, his solicitor said today.”

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The Guardian, 13th August 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Q&A: Barry George and compensation – BBC News

“Speculation is mounting about how much compensation Barry George could receive if he decides to make a claim to the Miscarriages of Justice Support Service.”

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BBC News, 2nd August 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Barry George: loner cleared of JIll Dando killing set for £1m award – The Times

“Barry George is free to seek more than £1 million compensation as the victim of a miscarriage of justice after being cleared yesterday of the murder of the Crimewatch presenter Jill Dando. ”

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The Times, 2nd August 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Regina (Bhatt Murphy (a Firm) and Others v Independent Assessor; Regina (Niazi and Others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Times Law Reports

Regina (Bhatt Murphy (a Firm) and Others v Independent Assessor; Regina (Niazi and Others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

Court of Appeal

“The mere existence of an ex gratia scheme for compensation to the victims of miscarriages of justice was not by itself sufficient to create a legitimate expectation that the scheme would be continued. In consequence, the minister was entitled to abolish it without consultation or notice.”

The Times, 21st July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Budget cuts threaten to slow miscarriage of justice reviews – The Guardian

“Victims of miscarriages of justice will have to wait longer for their cases to be examined because of annual cuts of £300,000 in the budget of the organisation that investigates them, it emerged yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 21st July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Life sentence: Review could set jails precedent – The Guardian

“The prison service is to review the jail status of a man serving life for a murder he claims he did not commit. The case could set a precedent for prisoners who claim to be victims of miscarriages of justice and thus have to serve longer sentences than if they admitted guilt.”

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The Guardian, 16th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

R (Harris) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

R (Harris) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; [2008] WLR (D) 237

“A defendant whose conviction was quashed on appeal would only be entitled to statutory compensation where that defendant’s innocence had been acknowledged or where there had been serious failures of the trial process.”

WLR Daily, 15th July 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

R (Bhatt Murphy (a firm) and others) v Independent Assessor; R (Niazi and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

R (Bhatt Murphy (a firm) and others) v Independent Assessor; R (Niazi and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWCA Civ 755; [2008] WLR (D) 233

The mere existence of a discretionary scheme for compensation to the victims of miscarriages of justice did not create the conditions necessary to establish a legitimate expectation that the scheme would be continued, so that the Secretary of State was entitled to withdraw it without notice or consultation.”

WLR Daily, 11th July 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Europe to begin investigation of secrecy in family courts – The Times

” Britain faces an investigation by Europe into secrecy in family courts, amid growing political pressure to overhaul the system.”

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The Times, 10th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Toddler death babysitter released – BBC News

“A babysitter found guilty of murdering her neighbour’s two-year-old son by banging his head against a banister has won an appeal against her conviction.”

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BBC News, 1st May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Help for forgotten victims of miscarriages of justice – The Guardian

“The euphoria lasts for a few weeks, or possibly months, before the reality of freedom for a victim of miscarriage of justice sets in, says John McManus. The reality can mean depression, drug addiction, alcoholism and a premature death.”

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The Guardian, 21st April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Has Sally Clark’s case changed attitudes to infant death? – Daily Telegraph

“In 2003 Sally Clark was released from jail after being falsely accused of murdering her two sons. She never recovered from the trauma and died a year ago, effectively of a broken heart. Cassandra Jardine looks at how such a gross miscarriage of justice could occur and asks whether lessons have been learnt.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th March 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Cleared mother loses cash battle – BBC News

“A judge has dashed the hopes of a mother who wanted compensation for her years in prison after she was cleared of killing her four-month-old son.”

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BBC News, 10th December 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Wrongly arrested brother of 9/11 suspect wins damages for wrong arrest – The Independent

“The brother of a pilot wrongly accused of training the 11 September 2001 hijackers has succeeded in a High Court bid to win damages for wrongful arrest.”

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The Independent, 1st December 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The expert as judge and jury – The Sunday Times

“After a host of miscarriages of justice based on discredited expert witnesses, calls are growing for radical reform of their use in court, writes Lois Rogers.”

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The Sunday Times, 18th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk


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