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'Lady in the Lake' murder conviction upheld

(Posted on 04/05/20)

The Court of Appeal has upheld the conviction of Gordon Parks for the 1976 murder of  his wife Carol, whose body was found 21 years later in Coniston Water. Park was initially charged with murder in 1998, only for the case to be dropped. Then, with new evidence, he was convicted in 2005 and killed himself in prison in 2010 after a failed appeal. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) considered evidence, undisclosed... Read more...

COVID-19 claims Liverpool man who fought to clear men wrongly convicted of the Cameo Cinema Murders

(Posted on 29/04/20)

The Liverpool Echo has reported the death from coronavirues of 88-year-old Lou Santangelli, who dedicated 14 years of his life to clearing the names of two men convicted of the 1949 crimes. Labourers George Kelly and Charles Connolly denied any involvement in the murders but were charged, initially tried together then separately in 1950. Kelly was hanged after being found guilty of murder, despite there being no forensic evidence, no... Read more...

"My name is David Reece and I am currently serving a 19-year sentence at HMP Lowdham Grange for a crime I did not commit."

"My name is David Reece and I am currently serving a 19-year sentence at HMP Lowdham Grange for a crime I did not commit."(Posted on 09/04/20)

Inside Justice, a charity which investigates miscarriages of justice, has been working on David Reece's case since shortly after his conviction in 2018. A team of dedicated legal and forensic experts along with our in-house investigators spent more than 18 months working pro bono on getting his case to the Court of Appeal. We successfully did this in January 2020 but sadly David's conviction of conspiracy to import and supply Class 'A' drugs was... Read more...

Release the harmless to save lives!

(Posted on 24/03/20)

Writing yesterday in the Guardian, Eric Allison called on the government to release elderly prisoners from custody in order to protect staff and inmates from the spread of COVID-19. An increase in prisoners being sent home with a tag has already been announced but, last week, the Prisoners’ Advice Service asked the Ministry of Justice to follow Iraq’s lead by releasing groups of prisoners in order to reduce deaths from coronavirus... Read more...

Undisclosed Evidence of Indecent Images in Police Commissioner’s Safe for 14 years

(Posted on 12/03/20)

A hard drive belonging to ex-Lord Mayor of Leeds Neil Taggart was kept in a police commisssioner's safe until after his sex offence conviction. Taggart was jailed in 2017 after pleading guilty to making and distributing indecent photographs of children. Describing it as an "embarrassing" mistake, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson insisted: "There's been no intentional cover-up with this... Read more...

CCRC’s change of heart over Shrewsbury 24

(Posted on 05/03/20)

Eight years after their submissions to the the Criminal Cases Review Commission and nearly fifty years after their convictions, the CCRC has referred eight members of the Shrewsbury 24 back to the Court of Appeal. The twenty-four men, all construction workers, were convicted of a range of offences including unlawful assembly, conspiracy to intimidate, affray, and threatening behaviour in the early 1970s, receiving sentences of up to three... Read more...