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‘Lady in the Lake’ Conviction Appealed

‘Lady in the Lake’ Conviction Appealed(Posted on 06/11/19)

A posthumous appeal against Gordon Park’s 2005 conviction for his wife’s murder has been heard at the Court of Appeal after his son Jeremy brought the case to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). Henry Blaxland QC, for the CCRC, told the court on Tuesday that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) did not disclose evidence undermining the credibility of a key witness to whom the school teacher allegedly confessed in prison. ... Read more...


No compensation for wrongful imprisonment

No compensation for wrongful imprisonment(Posted on 05/11/19)

In 2014, Danny Kay received a 4½-year prison sentence for rape. In 2017, his conviction was quashed after the Court of Appeal ruled police had relied on an 'edited and misleading' account of Facebook conversations provided by his complainant. Kay's sister-in-law Sarah Madison (pictured with him) found the messages that cleared him after just a minute searching online, supporting his claim that sex had been consensual.... Read more...


Many prisoners “unwell not evil”

Many prisoners “unwell not evil”(Posted on 17/09/19)

The chief inspector of constabulary Sir Tom Winsor has written in The Times that “sick and dangerous” people who commit crimes should be in secure hospitals or other care facilities, not prisons, describing the criminal justice system as “dysfunctional and defective, broken and on-the-floor”. “People who are bad should be punished and, if possible, reformed. People who are unwell should be treated and, if possible, healed,” said... Read more...


Crime Up, Prosecutions Down

Crime Up, Prosecutions Down(Posted on 04/09/19)

Ministry of Justice figures show the number of people being prosecuted or handed out-of-court warnings or fines has fallen to its lowest level since records began, whilst recorded crime continues to rise. Between April 2018 and March 2019, 1.59 million people were formally dealt with by the criminal justice system in England and Wales, representing a 2% fall of  on the previous period. The number of serious crimes dealt with... Read more...


Disclosure failure helps clear man over burning Grenfell effigy film

Disclosure failure helps clear man over burning Grenfell effigy film(Posted on 23/08/19)

A man who filmed a cardboard effigy of Grenfell Tower being burned on a bonfire has been cleared of posting "grossly offensive" material. Prosecutors claimed footage recorded by Paul Bussetti at a London party was racist but the 47-year-old said it was a "joke" only shared between friends. He was found not guilty after it was revealed a second video from the party had also been shared on WhatsApp. Magistrates said they could... Read more...


Silence in Court

Silence in Court(Posted on 21/08/19)

Figures revealed this week by criminal barrister Jonathan Dunne show half of all crown court rooms are laying idle. “Across 34 crown court centres, there are 127 court rooms out of 260 doing absolutely nothing," Mr Dunne told the Sun. “Imagine if that were operating theatres! There are thousands of cases backed up, re-listed and delayed. Action has got to start matching the spin.” Richard Atkins QC, chairman... Read more...