When innocent men go to jail: miscarriages of justice in Britain – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 5th, 2014 in appeals, criminal justice, DNA, evidence, expert witnesses, miscarriage of justice, news by tracey

‘“People think that miscarriages of justice are rare and exceptional,” says Dr Michael Naughton, founder of the UK Innocence Project. “But every single day, people are overturning convictions for criminal offences. Miscarriages of justice are routine, even mundane features of the criminal justice system. They are systemic.” ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 4th September 2014

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Home Secretary announces review of undercover policing cases – Home Office

Posted June 27th, 2014 in miscarriage of justice, police, press releases, prosecutions, spying by tracey

‘Home Secretary Theresa May today announced details of a review of criminal convictions in cases involving undercover police officers.’

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Home Office, 26th June 2014

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Wrongfully convicted man Victor Nealon gets apology – BBC News

‘A man who spent 17 years behind bars wrongfully convicted of attempted rape has received an apology from a body set up to examine miscarriages of justice.’

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BBC News, 20th May 2014

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Omar Benguit appeal fails as murder conviction upheld – BBC News

Posted April 10th, 2014 in appeals, miscarriage of justice, murder, news by sally

‘A man jailed for murdering a Korean student has had his conviction upheld, despite claiming a convicted serial killer could have been the culprit.’

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BBC News, 9th April 2014

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Revealed: how 300-year-old duellist law is jailing hundreds for ‘joint enterprise’ killings – The Independent

‘Hundreds of people are convicted of murder or manslaughter every year in England and Wales even though they were not directly responsible for the crime, it is revealed today.’

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The Independent, 1st April 2014

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Regina (Ali) v Secretary of State for Justice; Regina (Dennis) v Same; Regina (Tunbridge) v Same – WLR Daily

Regina (Ali) v Secretary of State for Justice; Regina (Dennis) v Same; Regina (Tunbridge) v Same [2014] EWCA Civ 194; [2014] WLR (D) 103

‘In determining whether an individual, whose conviction had been quashed on the basis of new evidence, qualified for compensation under section 133 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 on the ground of miscarriage of justice, the Secretary of State for Justice was required to make a decision by applying the statutory test in accordance with Supreme Court guidance to the facts of the particular case. Those facts could include events which postdated the quashing of the conviction in the event that further facts of relevance to the application of the statutory test arose. The Secretary of State might come to his own view, having regard to the terms of the judgment by the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) quashing the conviction, and provided the decision did not conflict with that judgment. The decision was then amenable to judicial review on conventional grounds of challenge, not merely because the court would have reached a different view. Save in exceptional circumstances, it should not be necessary for the court to engage in a detailed review of the facts.’

WLR Daily, 27th February 2014

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Papers about Profumo scandal man ‘should be public’ – BBC News

‘A decision to keep documents relating to a man who was at the centre of the Profumo sex scandal hidden should be overturned, a leading lawyer has said. The Information Commissioner is to be asked to overrule a decision by the National Archives to keep the documents about the trial of Stephen Ward hidden.’

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BBC News, 25th February 2014

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Bar Council chairman: further legal aid cuts would be false economy – The Guardian

Posted January 29th, 2014 in barristers, budgets, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

‘There will be too few experienced barristers to deal with complex criminal cases if the government pushes through proposals for further cuts to legal aid, the new chairman of the Bar Council has warned.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2014

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Prosecutors ‘behaving ludicrously’ in case of alleged undercover officer – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2014 in assault, miscarriage of justice, news, police, private hearings, prosecutions by sally

‘Prosecutors have been accused of behaving “ludicrously” by concealing the cause of a miscarriage of justice in which an undercover police officer is alleged to have used his fake identity in court to hide his covert infiltration.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2014

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Campaigner’s lawyers challenge secrecy over police spy accused of lying in court – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors are due on Monday to defend their decision to keep secret the cause of a miscarriage of justice involving an undercover police officer who allegedly used his fictitious identity in a criminal trial to conceal his covert work.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2014

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Man wrongly convicted of sexual assault is freed after 17 years in jail – The Guardian

‘A man who spent 17 years behind bars after being wrongly convicted of a sexual assault has been freed by the court of appeal after DNA evidence pointed to another man as the perpetrator.’

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The Guardian, 13th December 2013

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Profumo affair scapegoat’s wrongful conviction down to top judges, says QC – The Guardian

‘Senior judges were to blame for the wrongful conviction of osteopath Stephen Ward who become a public scapegoat during the Profumo affair, according a fresh legal examination of the 1963 trial.’

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2013

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Susan May’s 20-year fight against murder conviction – BBC News

“For the past two decades Susan May says one goal has consumed her every waking thought – to clear her name and overturn her conviction for the murder of her aunt.”

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BBC News, 14th October 2013

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Criminal compensation reforms would shift burden of proof on to victims – The Guardian

“Victims of miscarriages of justice will have to prove their innocence in future or endure damaged reputations, human rights groups and Labour’s parliamentary frontbench are warning.”

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The Guardian, 14th October 2013

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New police anti-terror powers could be unlawful, say MPs – The Independent

“Intrusive anti-terrorism powers that give police the right to detain travellers for up to six hours without suspicion, as well as download data from their phones and laptops, are unlawful, a group of MPs has warned.”

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The Independent, 11th October 2013

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No public inquiry into Lynette White police corruption case – BBC News

“There will be no public inquiry into the handling of a police corruption trial surrounding a notorious murder case, the Home Office has confirmed.”

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BBC News, 27th September 2013

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Rachel Manning: Barri White and Keith Hyatt compensation ‘approved’ – BBC News

“One of the two men wrongly convicted over the murder of Rachel Manning said their compensation bid had been “signed off” by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).”

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BBC News, 26th September 2013

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Rachel Manning murder: Police apologise to Barri White and Keith Hyatt – BBC News

Posted September 5th, 2013 in miscarriage of justice, murder, news, perverting the course of justice, police by sally

“Thames Valley Police have apologised to two men wrongly convicted over the murder of a 19-year-old woman from Milton Keynes in 2000.”

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BBC News, 5th September 2013

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Rachel Manning murder: Man jailed for killing 19-year-old woman 11 years after former boyfriend wrongly convicted of her killing – The Independent

Posted September 5th, 2013 in DNA, miscarriage of justice, murder, news, sentencing by sally

“A man has been given a life sentence for killing a 19-year-old woman, 11 years after her former boyfriend was wrongly jailed for the murder.”

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The Independent, 4th September 2013

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‘Double’ miscarriage of justice victim Martin Foran speaks – BBC News

“A man who claims to be the UK’s only victim of two miscarriages of justice has said he wants an apology.”

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BBC News, 15th August 2013

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