Simon Hall confesses to Joan Albert murder 12 years on – BBC News

“A killer who stabbed a 79-year-old woman to death has confessed to the crime after a decade claiming he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.”

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BBC News, 8th August 2013

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Undercover spy allegations cast campaigner verdict in doubt – The Guardian

“An official body has called into question the criminal conviction of a political campaigner after allegations that an undercover spy gave false evidence under oath during his prosecution.”

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The Guardian, 1st August 2013

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Miscarriages of justice body to receive increased funds after applications rise – The Guardian

“The 10% increase comes amid cuts to criminal legal aid, leading lawyers to ask whether a better funded CCRC will address the problem of lack of legal representation.”

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2013

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Fresh evidence challenges ‘Angel of Death’ nurse Colin Norris’s conviction – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2013 in Criminal Cases Review Commission, elderly, evidence, murder, news, nurses by sally

“Fresh medical and scientific evidence is being published this week that campaigners hope will lead to the release of Colin Norris, the former nurse and so-called ‘Angel of Death’ serving life for the murder or attempted murder of five elderly women.”

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The Guardian, 20th May 2013

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Kevin Lane could face full appeal hearing – The Guardian

“Kevin Lane was jailed for life for the 1994 murder of Robert Magill, and given a tariff of eighteen years. As his daily updated website indicates, he has now completed that tariff plus 46 days. However, he has not yet been released because he continues to protest his innocence.”

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The Guardian, 26th March 2013

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Criminal Cases Review Commission – better the devil you know? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Eddie Gilfoyle’s case is one of a relatively small number of alleged miscarriages of justice that stubbornly refuse to go away. On 4 June 1992, his wife, Paula Gilfoyle, was found, eight and a half months pregnant, hanging from a rope tied to a roof beam in the garage. For the last 20 years Mr Gilfoyle has protested his innocence, arguing that Paula’s death was a tragic suicide. The prosecution argument was that expectant mothers don’t kill themselves, especially bubbly young women with everything to live for.

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 15th February 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Criminal Cases Review Commission Triennial Review – call for evidence – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 19th, 2012 in budgets, Criminal Cases Review Commission, criminal justice, news, quangos by sally

“In order to review the continuing need for the functions and the form of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, and its statutory powers to perform these functions, the review team is seeking evidence from a wide range of bodies in response to the two principle aims stated by Cabinet Office (as detailed above). The review would particularly welcome hearing from applicants (current, previous or those who may potentially apply) to the Commission.”

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Ministry of Justice, 19th October 2012

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Shrewsbury 24 case: Heath government discussed prosecution of union pickets – The Guardian

“Documents released by the National Archives could be key factor in quashing 40-year-old convictions.”

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The Guardian, 11th October 2012

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Man jailed for 16 years could be freed through fresh DNA evidence – The Guardian

“A man who has spent almost 16 years in prison for a crime he always denied committing may soon be freed after DNA traces from another man persuaded investigators to refer his case to the court of appeal.”

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The Guardian, 18th July 2012

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Last man sentenced to death in UK has conviction quashed – The Guardian

“The last man to be sentenced to death in the UK has had his conviction quashed after a court heard that he confessed to the crime after being waterboarded and subjected to death threats. His successful appeal comes 39 years after his death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.”

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The Guardian, 21st June 2012

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Hallam’s case will send shockwaves through criminal justice system – The Guardian

“Today’s miscarriages of justice are caused by ineptitude or dishonesty by police. Tomorrow’s may be caused by underpaid defence lawyers.”

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The Guardian, 17th May 2012

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Sam Hallam released after seven years in prison – The Guardian

“Sam Hallam became one of the youngest victims of a miscarriage of justice on Wednesday when the court of appeal released him after he served seven years for murder.”

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The Guardian, 16th May 2012

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Miscarriages of justice may be out of fashion, but they haven’t gone away – The Guardian

“Breakthroughs in cases such as Susan May and Sam Hallam are rare but what to do about alleged wrong convictions is the subject of much debate.”

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The Guardian, 15th May 2012

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Sam Hallam to appeal against murder conviction – The Guardian

Posted May 16th, 2012 in appeals, Criminal Cases Review Commission, evidence, murder, news by tracey

“A young man convicted of murder will take his case to the court of appeal on Wednesday after new evidence emerged raising doubts over key parts of the prosecution case against him.”

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The Guardian, 16th May 2012

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Jeremy Bamber lawyers challenge refusal of appeal – The Guardian

Posted May 8th, 2012 in appeals, Criminal Cases Review Commission, murder, news by sally

“Lawyers acting for the convicted murderer Jeremy Bamber have issued a legal challenge to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) following its decision not to refer his case back to the court of appeal. They say the commission has acted ‘unlawfully, overstepped its powers and usurped the function of the appeal court’.”

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The Guardian, 7th May 2012

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Family killer Jeremy Bamber fails in appeal bid – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2012 in appeals, Criminal Cases Review Commission, murder, news by sally

“Jeremy Bamber, who was jailed for killing his family 27 years ago, has failed in his latest attempt to appeal against his conviction.”

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BBC News, 26th April 2012

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Our criminal review body has led to dozens of convictions quashed – The Guardian

Posted April 20th, 2012 in Criminal Cases Review Commission, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

“The Home Office had abjectly failed victims of miscarriage. The CCRC is putting that right.”

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The Guardian, 19th April 2012

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Union pickets seek to quash 40-year-old convictions – The Guardian

Posted April 3rd, 2012 in affray, conspiracy, Criminal Cases Review Commission, news, trade unions by sally

“A group of trade union pickets who were jailed nearly 40 years ago in a famous case are seeking to have their convictions overturned on the grounds that the then Conservative government interfered with the judicial process.”

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2012

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Jeremy Bamber in new challenge to conviction for murdering family – The Guardian

Posted March 29th, 2012 in appeals, Criminal Cases Review Commission, murder, news, witnesses by sally

“Jeremy Bamber, who was jailed for 26 years for killing five members of his own family, is launching another bid for freedom after evidence emerged that the assistant director of public prosecutions decided not to proceed with drug trafficking and fraud allegations against a key prosecution witness.”

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The Guardian, 29th March 2012

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Related link: Jeremy Bamber: prosecutor’s correspondence with police – full documents

Criminal Cases Review Commission must be reformed, say campaigners – The Guardian

“Innocent people wrongly convicted of serious crimes are being routinely failed by the body set up to investigate miscarriages of justice, according to lawyers and campaigners. They will call this week for urgent reform of the Criminal Cases Review Commission – set up in the wake of high profile miscarriages of justice including the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four – on the 15th anniversary of the formation of the independent review body.”

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The Guardian, 27th March 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: Miscarriages of justice? Cases that campaigners want CCRC to reconsider