Horizon scandal: Five short-changed postmasters to get full compensation – BBC News

‘A small group of former sub-postmasters whose convictions were overturned have finally been told they will receive full compensation.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2024

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Horizon scandal: post office operator cleared after years of suffering in silence – The Guardian

Posted January 26th, 2024 in appeals, computer programs, fraud, miscarriage of justice, news, postal service, theft by sally

‘A former post office branch operator who suffered in silence and endured humiliation after being convicted of fraud based on evidence from the faulty Horizon IT system has had her conviction quashed by the court of appeal.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2024

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Criminal review body missed chance to clear Andrew Malkinson in 2013 – The Guardian

‘The organisation responsible for investigating miscarriages of justice missed a major opportunity to reconsider Andrew Malkinson’s case, internal documents suggest.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2024

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Majority verdicts in England and Wales brought in ‘partly for racial and class reasons’ – The Guardian

Posted January 24th, 2024 in bias, charities, criminal justice, equality, juries, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

‘The introduction of majority verdicts in criminal trials in England and Wales was partly motivated by a desire to dilute the influence of minority ethnic people and the labouring classes serving on juries, according to research.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2024

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Robert Craig: The constitutional implications of legislating to exonerate the Post Office sub-postmasters – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Some commentators have claimed that the decision to expedite the process of formally exonerating the sub-postmasters potentially runs afoul of certain core constitutional principles, in particular the separation of powers. It has also been claimed that the “crown does not have a prerogative of justice but only a prerogative of mercy”. This blog considers and challenges those claims.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 16th January 2024

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Two men jailed on racist police officer’s evidence have convictions overturned – The Guardian

‘Two men who were framed by a racist and corrupt detective for the same offence he was later jailed for have had their convictions posthumously quashed by the court of appeal 46 years later.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2024

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Courts “could cope” with large number of Post Office appeals, says LCJ – Legal Futures

‘The courts “could cope” with a large volume of criminal appeals in the wake of the Post Office scandal, the Lady Chief Justice told MPs yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 17th January 2024

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‘Dangerous path to go down’: four legal experts on the Post Office exoneration bill – The Guardian

‘The government’s decision to pass a law overturning the convictions of post office operators has left many lawyers and judges uneasy.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2024

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Update law on computer evidence to avoid Horizon repeat, ministers urged – The Guardian

‘Ministers need to “immediately” update the law to acknowledge that computers are fallible or risk a repeat of the Horizon scandal, legal experts say.’

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The Guardian, 12th January 2024

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SRA: No plans to act yet on Post Office scandal lawyers – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) could take action against solicitors over misconduct in the Post Office scandal before the public inquiry ends but has yet to see evidence that requires it.’

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Legal Futures, 10th January 2024

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Post Office scandal could lead to rules change on private prosecutions – The Guardian

‘Rules to prevent companies taking private prosecutions in the way the Post Office went after innocent post office operators are being considered by the government.’

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The Guardian, January 2024

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Were lawyers complicit in Post Office’s corporate governance failures? – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who acted for three wrongly convicted sub-postmasters has questioned whether lawyers advising the Post Office’s board were more motivated by continuing the retainers than giving proper guidance.’

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Legal Futures, 8th January 2024

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Ministers to meet to discuss Post Office Horizon scandal – BBC News

‘Ministers are to meet to consider possible ways of clearing the names of hundreds of sub-postmasters convicted in the Post Office Horizon scandal.’

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BBC News, 8th January 2024

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Miscarriage of justice watchdog reviews murder conviction of ex-MI6 informant – The Guardian

‘Criminal Cases Review Commission re-examines case of Wang Yam, who was convicted of 2006 murder of Allan Chappelow in London.’

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The Guardian, 14th December 2023

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‘It risks miscarriages of justice’: MPs oppose rap lyrics being used as evidence in UK trials – The Guardian

Posted November 23rd, 2023 in artistic works, criminal justice, evidence, media, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

‘The lawyer Shami Chakrabarti, the DJ Annie Mac and Labour MPs Nadia Whittome and Kim Johnson are among the figures lending support to a new campaign to change how rap lyrics are used as evidence in UK criminal hearings.’

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2023

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The Russell murders: is Michael Stone in prison for a brutal crime he didn’t commit? – The Guardian

‘He was jailed for the murders of Lin and Megan Russell in 1997. Now, 26 years, two trials and two appeals later, Stone’s case is being reviewed.’

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2023

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At 17, I was jailed for a murder I didn’t commit – and spent seven life-changing years in prison – The Guardian

‘Basic police checks would have shown Sam Hallam wasn’t at the scene of the crime, but these weren’t carried out until he had spent much of his youth inside. He explains why he is still fighting for justice, years after his release.’

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The Guardian, 7th November 2023

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Andrew Malkinson: Wrongful conviction inquiry judge pledges ‘fearless’ review – BBC News

‘A judge investigating why Andrew Malkinson spent 17 years in jail for a rape he did not commit says she will be “fearless” in seeking the truth.’

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BBC News, 26th October 2023

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Andrew Malkinson says wrongful rape conviction inquiry should be statutory – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2023 in inquiries, miscarriage of justice, news, rape by sally

‘Andrew Malkinson believes an inquiry into how he was wrongfully convicted of rape must be made statutory to ensure Greater Manchester police do not hide evidence.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2023

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Reforming Compensation for Wrongful Conviction – Mountford Chambers

‘Having spent 17 years in prison and 20 years fighting to clear his name, one imagines that after the relief of having done so, Andy Malkinson’s next focus is on rebuilding his life.’

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Mountford Chambers, 8th September 2023

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