Are too few convictions overturned? – BBC News

‘There is room for argument over whether the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) is too cautious in referring suspected miscarriages of justice to the Court of Appeal, as the Commons Justice Committee has said.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2015

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Exclusive: Miscarriages of justice charity seeks law firm status – Legal Futures

‘A criminal appeals charity run by lawyers has applied to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to be a regulated legal practice, and could become the first charity to become a traditional law firm in its own right.’

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Legal Futures, 26th March 2015

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Justice body needs ‘bolder approach’ say MPs – BBC News

‘A public body that reviews miscarriages of justice should be “bolder” and refer more cases to the Court of Appeal, a group of MPs has said.’

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BBC News, 25th March 2015

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Miscarriage of justice review body is dismissed as the Court of Appeal’s ‘lap dog’ in hard-hitting report – The Independent

‘Innocent victims of miscarriages of justice are “languishing in jail” due to delays and faults in the case review system, according to MPs behind a hard-hitting report to be published this week.’

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The Independent, 22nd March 2015

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Justice watchdog sued by wrongly convicted man who spent 17 years in prison for attempted rape – The Independent

‘A man who spent 17 years in prison for attempted rape before having his conviction quashed on the basis of a DNA test is suing the miscarriage of justice watchdog for negligence. It is claimed the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) repeatedly failed to undertake forensic analysis of the victim’s clothing, instead relying on the assurances of the same police force that investigated the case.’

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The Independent, 15th March 2015

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Home Secretary announces investigation into collapsed police trial – Home Office

Posted February 27th, 2015 in disclosure, miscarriage of justice, murder, police, press releases, prosecutions by tracey

‘A QC-led investigation into the collapse of a police trial following the wrongful conviction of three people for the murder of Lynette White.’

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Home Office, 26th February 2015

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Barry George in protest over compensation rules – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in compensation, demonstrations, miscarriage of justice, murder, news by sally

‘Barry George, the man wrongfully convicted of the murder of Jill Dando, has told the BBC that a decision not to award him compensation is “a mockery of justice”.’

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BBC News, 23rd February 2015

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Protecting the Innocent – BBC Law in Action

Posted February 11th, 2015 in appeals, firearms, gangs, imprisonment, miscarriage of justice, murder, news, young offenders by sally

‘Dwaine George was sent to prison in 2001 for murder. Aged 18 and a member of a Manchester gang, he was convicted for shooting dead another 18-year-old and sentenced to life imprisonment. But Dwaine George said he didn’t do it and continued to protest his innocence throughout the 12 years he eventually served. He was finally vindicated by the Court of Appeal shortly before Christmas, when his conviction was quashed.’

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BBC Law in Action, 12th February 2015

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‘Angel of Death’ murders: Juror’s doubt over guilty verdict – Daily Telegraph

‘Paul Moffitt is the second juror to cast doubt on the 2008 conviction of the nurse Colin Norris for killing four elderly hospital patients.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th January 2015

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MPs call for review of law used in gang murder cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 17th, 2014 in gangs, joint enterprise, miscarriage of justice, murder, news, race discrimination by sally

‘Laws which allow defendants to be convicted of murder in a ‘joint enterprise’ should be urgently reviewed, says select committee.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2014

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‘Angel of Death’ murders: TV investigation casts doubt over conviction of Colin Norris – Daily Telegraph

‘New scientific evidence casts fresh doubt on the conviction of a nurse who was jailed for a minimum of 30 years for murdering four elderly women and attempting to kill another, according a TV investigation.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th December 2014

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UK judge praises students for helping overturn murder conviction – The Guardian

‘A judge has praised the “diligent” work of law students for helping overturn a former gang member’s murder conviction.’

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The Guardian, 9th December 2014

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Mazher Mahmood: CPS to re-examine 25 ‘Fake Sheikh’ cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 8th, 2014 in Crown Prosecution Service, damages, evidence, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

‘The Crown Prosecution Service says 25 cases where the undercover journalist was a prosecution witness will be reviewed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2014

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Fake sheikh Mazher Mahmood cases to be reviewed by CPS – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2014 in evidence, miscarriage of justice, news, perjury, prosecutions by sally

‘Criminal convictions in 25 cases are to be re-examined over concerns about evidence provided by the undercover Sun on Sunday reporter Mazher Mahmood.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2014

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Ched Evans: Investigation into rape conviction begins – BBC News

‘An inquiry into the rape conviction of Welsh footballer Ched Evans has begun by the body that examines potential miscarriages of justice.’

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BBC News, 3rd December 2014

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109 women prosecuted for false rape claims over the last five years – Daily Telegraph

‘A number of women who report rapes are being ‘aggressively prosecuted’ by the police for perverting the course of justice, according to campaign group Women Against Rape.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2014

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Dyson: miscarriages of justice likely since LASPO – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Master of the rolls Lord Dyson has told MPs that an increase in litigants in person has caused miscarriages of justice.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st December 2014

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Legal aid contracts for on-call criminal solicitors to be slashed by two-thirds – The Guardian

‘On-call, duty contracts for criminal solicitors to attend police stations and courts will be slashed from 1,600 to 527 in England and Wales, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2014

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Ched Evans conviction to be fast-tracked by watchdog investigating miscarriages of justice – The Independent

Posted October 20th, 2014 in miscarriage of justice, news, ombudsmen, rape by sally

‘The watchdog which investigates possible miscarriages of justice has said it is fast-tracking an application by Ched Evans to review his rape conviction.’

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The Independent, 19th October 2014

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Martin Foran wins second miscarriage of justice appeal – BBC News

Posted October 17th, 2014 in appeals, miscarriage of justice, news, police, robbery by tracey

‘A terminally-ill man has won a second miscarriage of justice appeal over robberies he was mistakenly convicted of in the 1970s and 80s.’

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BBC News, 17th October 2014

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