Archive for the 'pardons' Category



The football fan, his fight for freedom, and a dilemma for Jack Straw

“Michael Shields says he is an innocent man. The Government has the power to pardon him – but risks provoking a diplomatic row.”

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The Independent, 25th June 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Appeal judges asked to clear notorious murderer Dr Crippen – The Observer

“The case of one of the most notorious murderers in British history, Hawley Crippen, is to be referred to the Court of Appeal, where the infamous doctor may secure a posthumous pardon 99 years after he was hanged.”

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The Observer, 7th June 2009

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

Police to study case for pardoning football fan – The Independent

“The prospect of a pardon for Michael Shields increased last night when the Justice Secretary Jack Straw revealed that he has asked Merseyside Police to examine the case.”

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The Independent, 28th February 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Regina (Shields) v Secretary of State for Justice – Times Law Reports

Regina (Shields) v Secretary of State for Justice

Queen’s Bench Divisional Court

“The Secretary of State for Justice did have power and jurisdiction to consider granting a pardon under the Royal Prerogative in respect of a person convicted and sentenced in a foreign court but transferred to the United Kingdom to serve his sentence. ”

The Times, 14th January 2009

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.

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

R (Shields) v Secretary of State for Justice [2008] EWHC 3102 (Admin); [2008] WLR (D) 398

The Secretary of State for Justice had power to consider exercising the royal prerogative of mercy to grant a free pardon in respect of a person convicted and sentenced by a foreign court but transferred to the United Kingdom to serve his sentence and was not constrained from doing so by the provision in art 13 of the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons 1983 that  ‘the sentencing state alone shall have the right to decided on any application for a review of the judgment’.”

WLR Daily, 18th December 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.

Jailed fan ‘can get free pardon’ – BBC News

“Jailed Liverpool fan Michael Shields has won an important battle at the High Court in London in his bid for a free pardon.”

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BBC News, 17th December 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Straw asked to pardon executed witches – The Guardian

“A petition calling for the posthumous pardon of women and men who were executed as witches in Britain will be presented to the justice secretary, Jack Straw, today.”

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The Guardian, 31st October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk


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