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Data gathering ‘unlawful’ under GDPR

(Posted on 19/10/18)

In a letter to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), London’s victims’ commissioner Claire Waxman of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime has voiced her concern that rape victims may be discouraged from coming forward thanks to intrusive gathering of social media data by police. For their claims to be pursued, victims must sign their consent to allow Prosecution and Defence lawyers access to highly... Read more...

Police Officer convicted of 1978 rape

(Posted on 15/10/18)

Forty years ago, a woman in Leeds couldn’t afford to pay a fine. West Yorkshire Police Warrant Officer David Lomax told her she’d go to jail and her young daughter could be taken away unless she agreed to sex with him. He then raped her in her bedroom. Although the woman reported the incident, she was told Lomax couldn’t be charged for lack of evidence. Last week, Lomax, now 83, was convicted of rape and misconduct... Read more...

Cuts Cause Renewed Concern

(Posted on 09/10/18)

Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon has criticised new cuts to Government funding of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). Representing the last hope for those fighting miscarriages of justice, the CCRC is the only route for those claiming wrongful conviction to return to the Court of Appeal. Although new justice minister Edward Argar believes the CCRC is “sufficiently funded for the work that it does”,... Read more...

Supreme Court judge: “Access to justice under threat”

(Posted on 03/10/18)

In a speech to a Chicago law school, senior supreme court judge Lord Wilson has accused the UK government of dismantling the legal aid system, treatening access to justice, the Guardian reports. “In pursuit of its economic policy, the UK government has recently felt the need to dismantle much of our precious system of legal aid, introduced in 1949 along with the other two pillars of our welfare state, namely social security and... Read more...

More Making a Murderer

(Posted on 01/10/18)

Netflix has announced the second series of Making a Murderer, documenting the continuing investigation into Theresa Hallbach’s murder since the conviction of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendon Dassey. Lawyer Kathleen Zellner, who has righted more wrongful convictions than any other private attorney in America, uncovers new evidence while examining how and why the jury convicted Avery. Avery was refused a new trial and Dassey... Read more...

The Green Mile?

(Posted on 27/09/18)

Valentino Dixon draws golf courses, hundreds of them, taking inspiration from Golf Digest magazine borrowed from a fellow inmate.  “Something about the grass and sky was rejuvenating,” Dixon writes. “It seemed peaceful. I imagine playing it would be a lot like fishing.” Over the years, his artwork came to the attention of an editor at the magazine, who wrote about Dixon and his case, noticing how flimsy the evidence... Read more...