Regina (Bhatt Murphy (a Firm) and Others v Independent Assessor; Regina (Niazi and Others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Times Law Reports

Posted July 21st, 2008 in compensation, judicial review, law reports, miscarriage of justice by sally

Regina (Bhatt Murphy (a Firm) and Others v Independent Assessor; Regina (Niazi and Others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

Court of Appeal

“The mere existence of an ex gratia scheme for compensation to the victims of miscarriages of justice was not by itself sufficient to create a legitimate expectation that the scheme would be continued. In consequence, the minister was entitled to abolish it without consultation or notice.”

The Times, 21st July 2008

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Budget cuts threaten to slow miscarriage of justice reviews – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2008 in miscarriage of justice, news by sally

“Victims of miscarriages of justice will have to wait longer for their cases to be examined because of annual cuts of £300,000 in the budget of the organisation that investigates them, it emerged yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 21st July 2008

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Life sentence: Review could set jails precedent – The Guardian

Posted July 16th, 2008 in miscarriage of justice, news, sentencing by sally

“The prison service is to review the jail status of a man serving life for a murder he claims he did not commit. The case could set a precedent for prisoners who claim to be victims of miscarriages of justice and thus have to serve longer sentences than if they admitted guilt.”

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The Guardian, 16th July 2008

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R (Harris) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted July 16th, 2008 in compensation, law reports, miscarriage of justice by sally

R (Harris) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; [2008] WLR (D) 237

“A defendant whose conviction was quashed on appeal would only be entitled to statutory compensation where that defendant’s innocence had been acknowledged or where there had been serious failures of the trial process.”

WLR Daily, 15th July 2008

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R (Bhatt Murphy (a firm) and others) v Independent Assessor; R (Niazi and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted July 14th, 2008 in compensation, judicial review, law reports, miscarriage of justice by sally

R (Bhatt Murphy (a firm) and others) v Independent Assessor; R (Niazi and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWCA Civ 755; [2008] WLR (D) 233

The mere existence of a discretionary scheme for compensation to the victims of miscarriages of justice did not create the conditions necessary to establish a legitimate expectation that the scheme would be continued, so that the Secretary of State was entitled to withdraw it without notice or consultation.”

WLR Daily, 11th July 2008

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Europe to begin investigation of secrecy in family courts – The Times

Posted July 10th, 2008 in family courts, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

” Britain faces an investigation by Europe into secrecy in family courts, amid growing political pressure to overhaul the system.”

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The Times, 10th July 2008

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Toddler death babysitter released – BBC News

Posted May 1st, 2008 in appeals, child abuse, miscarriage of justice, murder, news by sally

“A babysitter found guilty of murdering her neighbour’s two-year-old son by banging his head against a banister has won an appeal against her conviction.”

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BBC News, 1st May 2008

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Help for forgotten victims of miscarriages of justice – The Guardian

Posted April 21st, 2008 in miscarriage of justice, special report, victims by sally

“The euphoria lasts for a few weeks, or possibly months, before the reality of freedom for a victim of miscarriage of justice sets in, says John McManus. The reality can mean depression, drug addiction, alcoholism and a premature death.”

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The Guardian, 21st April 2008

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Has Sally Clark’s case changed attitudes to infant death? – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 11th, 2008 in child abuse, miscarriage of justice, murder, special report by sally

“In 2003 Sally Clark was released from jail after being falsely accused of murdering her two sons. She never recovered from the trauma and died a year ago, effectively of a broken heart. Cassandra Jardine looks at how such a gross miscarriage of justice could occur and asks whether lessons have been learnt.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th March 2008

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Cleared mother loses cash battle – BBC News

Posted December 11th, 2007 in compensation, homicide, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

“A judge has dashed the hopes of a mother who wanted compensation for her years in prison after she was cleared of killing her four-month-old son.”

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BBC News, 10th December 2007

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Wrongly arrested brother of 9/11 suspect wins damages for wrong arrest – The Independent

Posted December 3rd, 2007 in damages, miscarriage of justice, news, wrongful arrest by sally

“The brother of a pilot wrongly accused of training the 11 September 2001 hijackers has succeeded in a High Court bid to win damages for wrongful arrest.”

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The Independent, 1st December 2007

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The expert as judge and jury – The Sunday Times

Posted November 19th, 2007 in expert witnesses, miscarriage of justice, special report by sally

“After a host of miscarriages of justice based on discredited expert witnesses, calls are growing for radical reform of their use in court, writes Lois Rogers.”

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The Sunday Times, 18th November 2007

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Cuts bring fear for victims of miscarriages of justice – The Guardian

Posted November 17th, 2007 in Criminal Cases Review Commission, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

“Victims of miscarriages of justice will have to spend longer in prison before their cases are reviewed because of government spending cuts, the head of the body that reviews such cases said yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 17th November 2007

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Conviction too late for victim of ‘worst miscarriage of justice of all time’ – The Times

Posted November 13th, 2007 in miscarriage of justice, murder, news by sally

“The family of Stefan Kiszko said last night that they hoped Ronald Castree “rots in Hell” for ruining the lives of two families.”

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The Times, 13th November 2007

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Man has rape conviction quashed – BBC News

Posted October 17th, 2007 in miscarriage of justice, news, rape by sally

“A 64-year-old man from West Sussex who served almost seven years in prison for sex crimes he did not commit has had his convictions formally quashed.”

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BBC News, 16th October 2007

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Family courts appeal wins backing of MPs – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 30th, 2007 in family courts, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

“A campaign for a public inquiry into miscarriages of justice in family courts has won the backing of 23 MPs, writes Ben Leapman.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th July 2007

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Levy looks to sue police over wrongful arrest – Daily Telegraph

“The three main suspects officially cleared yesterday of any wrongdoing in the cash for honours investigation are considering retaliatory action against the police as the backlash began against Scotland Yard’s conduct of the marathon inquiry.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd July 2007

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R (Niazi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Times Law Reports

Posted July 9th, 2007 in compensation, law reports, miscarriage of justice by sally

Compensation scheme withdrawal is lawful

R (Niazi) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department

Queen’s Bench Division

“The withdrawal, without notice or consultation, of the ex gratia scheme for compensation for miscarriages of justice was not unlawful.”

 The Times, 9th July 2007

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Lockerbie bomber granted second legal appeal – The Times

Posted July 3rd, 2007 in miscarriage of justice, murder, news, Scotland by sally

“A former Libyan intelligence officer found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing was given permission today to launch a second appeal against his conviction.”

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The Times, 3rd July 2007

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Lawyers unite to preserve compensation scheme – The Times

Posted May 10th, 2007 in compensation, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

“Seven firms of solicitors joined together today to launch a High Court challenge to the abolition of a discretionary compensation scheme for victims of miscarriages of justice.”

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The Times, 10th May 2007

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