Murder cases reopened in wake of Sally Challen appeal – The Guardian

‘A number of murder cases are being re-examined to investigate possible unsafe convictions where coercive and controlling behaviour may not have been available as a defence, the Observer can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2021

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Post Office scandal: What the Horizon saga is all about – BBC News

‘A group of former sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses, who say they were victims of a massive miscarriage of justice, are awaiting a ruling by the Court of Appeal.’

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BBC News, 22nd April 2021

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Two members of Freshwater Five lose appeal against drugs convictions – The Guardian

‘Two members of the Freshwater Five convicted more than a decade ago of attempting to smuggle £53m of cocaine into the UK have lost an appeal against their convictions.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2021

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Shrewsbury 24: how industrial action led to 47-year fight for justice – The Guardian

‘The industrial action that led to the convictions of union activists and a 47-year campaign to clear their names took place as Edward Heath’s Conservative government sought to weaken the economic power of trade unions.’

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The Guardian, 23rd March 2021

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Shrewsbury 24: court of appeal overturns 1970s picketing convictions – The Guardian

‘Court of appeal judges have overturned the criminal convictions of a group of trade unionists, including the actor Ricky Tomlinson, after a campaign lasting more than four decades.’

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The Guardian, 23rd March 2021

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Oliver Campbell: Calls to review 30-year-old murder conviction – BBC News

‘A man with learning difficulties who admitted to a murder 30 years ago should have his conviction quashed because he confessed to police without a lawyer present, his solicitor says.’

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BBC News, 16th March 2021

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Miscarriage of justice body’s workload doubled despite severe cuts – report – The Guardian

‘The miscarriage of justice watchdog has suffered the “biggest cut” of any part of the criminal justice system since 2010 and its caseload has more than doubled over the same period, according to a parliamentary investigation.’

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The Guardian, 5th March 2021

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Judges reject Lockerbie bomber’s appeal against conviction – BBC News

‘Scottish judges have rejected a third appeal on behalf of the Libyan man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing.’

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BBC News, 16th January 2021

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‘Stockwell Six’: two men could have convictions overturned – The Guardian

‘Two men who were jailed nearly 50 years ago on the word of a corrupt detective could finally have their names cleared.
The cases of two members of the so-called “Stockwell Six”, who were accused of attempting to rob that officer on the underground, are now being referred to the court of appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).’

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The Guardian, 14th December 2020

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Paul Cleeland case: Government reviews files on 1972 murder – BBC News

‘The Home Office is reviewing its archives to see if any files exist on Paul Cleeland, who has been fighting to clear his name of murder for 47 years.’

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BBC News, 20th November 2020

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Appealing convictions and sentences after the Court of Appeal – KCH Garden Sq

‘A defendant’s right to appeal following a magistrates or crown court conviction is widely recognised across the entire criminal justice system. What is much less well-known is what options are available should a defendant’s appeal be unsuccessful. There will always be cases where a defendant or counsel are sincerely of the view that there has been a miscarriage of justice in a particular matter, whether it be the conviction itself is unsafe, or the sentence passed is manifestly excessive. This view may be taken immediately after a failed appeal, or years down the line where new evidence has come to light, shining a different perspective over the case as a whole. But what can they do about it? The jury returned their verdict, the single judge and full Court of Appeal turned them down, what route do they have to have their case looked at again?’

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KCH Garden Sq, November 2020

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Jeremy Bamber bids for legal action over prison status – BBC News

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‘Convicted murderer Jeremy Bamber has launched a legal action over the refusal by the prison service to downgrade him from maximum security.’

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BBC News, 12th October 2020

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Jeremy Bamber refused access to documents on Essex family murders – The Guardian

‘Jeremy Bamber, who is serving a whole life sentence for one of Britain’s most notorious multiple murders, has been refused access to documents that he believes could help clear his name.’

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The Guardian, 5th June 2020

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Ricky Tomlinson’s criminal convictions to be re-examined – The Guardian

‘The criminal convictions of actor Ricky Tomlinson, who starred in the TV comedy the Royle Family, are to be re-examined by appeal court judges after an official body suggested he may have been unjustly jailed.’

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The Guardian, 26th May 2020

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

‘Three senior judges have rejected a posthumous appeal against the conviction of Gordon Park, the so-called “Lady in the Lake” killer.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2020

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Oval Four: Final conviction quashed in corrupt detective case – BBC News

‘The final member of a group of four men who were jailed nearly 50 years ago on the evidence of a corrupt police officer has had his conviction quashed.’

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BBC News, 24th March 2020

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Post Office IT system that ruined lives ‘still faulty’, MPs told – BBC News

‘A faulty till system that led to sub-postmasters being wrongly accused of stealing money is still not working properly, MPs have been told.’

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BBC News, 10th March 2020

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Post Office ‘assisting’ review of postmasters’ convictions – BBC News

‘The Post Office says it is ”assisting the Criminal Cases Review Commission to the fullest extent” with inquiries into cases of postmasters convicted of theft and fraud.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2020

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‘Missing’ Oval Four member to have conviction reviewed after he came forward in wake of three other successful appeals – Daily Telegraph

‘The final member of the “Oval Four” – four black men who were wrongly convicted nearly 50 years ago on the evidence of a corrupt police officer – is set to have his name cleared.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th January 2020

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‘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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