‘Oval Four’ men jailed in 1972 cleared by court of appeal in London – The Guardian

‘Three men who were convicted nearly 50 years ago on the evidence of a corrupt police officer have finally had their names cleared by senior judges.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2019

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‘Lady in the Lake’ murder: Gordon Park’s conviction ‘unsafe’ – BBC News

Posted November 6th, 2019 in appeals, Criminal Cases Review Commission, DNA, murder, news by sally

‘The conviction of the so-called “Lady in the Lake” murderer was unsafe, the Court of Appeal has been told.’

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BBC News, 5th November 2019

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Nurse jailed for injecting husband with insulin could have murder conviction quashed, court hears – Daily Telegraph

‘A nurse who spent 15 years in prison for murdering her disabled husband by injecting him with insulin could have her conviction quashed in the wake of new medical evidence.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2019

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Gun in Paul Cleeland murder trial ‘did not kill victim’ – BBC News

‘A forensic report on a murder in 1972 has proved the gun relied on at trial did not kill the victim, lawyers claim.’

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BBC News, 11th March 2019

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What is ‘substantial injustice’ for the purposes of a criminal case review? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Sapan Maini-Thompson is an LLM Candidate at University College London. On 14th November 2018 the Divisional Court gave judgment in a claim against the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) in Regina (Anthony Davies) v The Criminal Cases Review Commission . This case was brought on behalf of a prisoner who contended that his conviction had become unsafe following the decision of the Supreme Court in R v Jogee [2016] UKSC 8 which recast the mens rea requirements in joint enterprise cases. The court dismissed the claim in a judgment which involved analysis of how the principles in Jogee are applied, and the circumstances in which the CCRC should re-open an old conviction. Jim Duffy of 1 Crown Office Row was the Junior Counsel for the Claimant.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th November 2018

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‘Lady in the lake’ murder case referred to court of appeal – The Guardian

‘A man who hanged himself in prison after being convicted of murdering his wife and dumping her body in Coniston Water in the Lake District could receive a posthumous pardon after the case was referred to the court of appeal.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2018

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Miscarriage of justice body’s funding cuts criticised as workload grows – The Guardian

Posted September 10th, 2018 in budgets, Criminal Cases Review Commission, miscarriage of justice, news by tracey

‘Government funding of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the last hope for people battling miscarriages of justice, has come under attack as the number applications rises steeply.’

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The Guardian, 9th September 2018

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Paul Cleeland’s 45-year fight to clear name over gun murder – BBC News

‘A man at the centre of one of the UK’s longest alleged miscarriages of justice is making a fresh bid to clear his name after a legal fight spanning more than four decades.’

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BBC News, 12th July 2018

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Miscarriages of justice body is not fit for purpose, lawyers say – The Guardian

‘A group of prominent lawyers claim the official body responsible for investigating alleged miscarriages of justice is not fit for purpose.’

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The Guardian, 30th May 2018

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Speech by Sir Brian Leveson: The Pursuit of Criminal Justice – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Sir Brian Leveson: The Pursuit of Criminal Justice.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 26th April 2018

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Surrey ‘mailbag thief’ jailed in 1976 overturns conviction – BBC News

‘A man who served eight months in a youth jail for stealing mailbags in the 1970s has had his name cleared.’

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BBC News, 17th January 2018

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Serial killer Levi Bellfield gives ‘very detailed confession’ of murdering Lin and Megan Russell in 1996 – The Independent

‘Lawyers acting for the man convicted of murdering Lin and Megan Russell in Kent in 1996 say they have new evidence of his innocence, including a “very detailed confession” to the killings from serial killer Levi Bellfield.’

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The Independent, 29th November 2017

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Speech by The Rt. Hon. The Lord Burnett of Maldon at the Criminal Cases Review Commission – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 6th, 2017 in Criminal Cases Review Commission, miscarriage of justice, speeches by tracey

‘I am very grateful to the Criminal Cases Review Commission for asking me to join you this morning to reflect briefly on your first twenty years of service to the rule of law and cause of justice. As I am first to speak may I thank Linklaters on your collective behalf for their generous hospitality without which this event would not be taking place. It is particularly poignant for me to be here because, as some of you know, I was junior counsel to the May inquiry into the convictions of the Guildford Four and Maguire family and so whilst not quite the midwife to the birth of the Criminal Cases Review Commission was one of those in the delivery room. You have a fascinating day ahead of you and I am only sorry that pressing commitments elsewhere will force me to leave, rather rudely, as soon as I have finished speaking.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 3rd November 2017

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Subpostmasters fight to clear names in theft and false accounting case – The Guardian

‘More than 1,000 subpostmasters who claim they were wrongly accused of theft or false accounting could join a class action against the Post Office to clear their names.’

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The Guardian, 9th April 2017

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Get Carter gangland murder appeal rejected – BBC News

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in appeals, Criminal Cases Review Commission, gangs, murder, news by sally

‘A bid to challenge a murder conviction that inspired the classic crime thriller Get Carter has been rejected by the High Court.’

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BBC News, 21st February 2017

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Judges reject media request to release marine shooting video – The Guardian

‘Three of the UK’s most senior judges have rejected a request by the Guardian and other media organisations to sanction the release of video footage showing a British Royal Marine shooting dead a wounded Taliban fighter.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2017

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Senior military judge mishandled trial of jailed marine Alexander Blackman, official report finds – Daily Telegraph

‘Britain’s most senior military judge mishandled the trial of a Royal Marine accused of murdering a wounded Taliban fighter to the extent that his conviction may now be quashed, the body that investigates potential miscarriages of justice has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th January 2017

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Marine’s conviction for killing Afghan insurgent could be quashed – The Guardian

‘A former Royal Marine serving a life sentence for murdering a wounded Afghan insurgent faces the “real possibility” of having his conviction quashed following the presentation of new evidence, an independent review has found.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2016

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‘Fake rape’ woman Layla Ibrahim fights to clear name – BBC News

‘A woman sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of faking her own rape says she is now fighting to clear her name.’

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BBC News, 15th November 2016

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Woman jailed for faking own violent rape battles to clear her name – The Guardian

‘A woman accused of beating herself up and faking her own violent rape has launched a bid to clear her name.’

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The Guardian, 5th November 2016

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