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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...

Dead Dog Returns

(Posted on 21/09/18)

Joshua Horner was convicted of child sex abuse last April in the US state of Oregon and sentenced to 50 years in custody. His accuser alleged Horner had shot and killed her dog as a warning not to go to the police. However, Lucy the Labrador was found alive and well in another town after apparently being given away. “She was drinking a bowl of water and sitting in shade underneath a porch,” said Lisa Christon, a volunteer with the... Read more...

Experts: Who needs them?

Experts: Who needs them?(Posted on 14/09/18)

People in this country have had enough of experts. So declared the ever helpful Michael Gove back in 2016, though he may well have changed his mind since then. He might well reconsider should he ever find himself in front of a Crown Court jury. Read more...