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News Round-Up Week Ending 17.6.16

(Posted on 20/06/16)

Minister to “look into” reopening Carl Bridgewater case after TV documentary. The Home Office is to examine new evidence about the killing of teenage newspaper boy Carl Bridgewater after Channel 4’s Interview with a Murderer cast doubt on the alibi of Bert Spencer, a convicted killer and key suspect in the case.  Carl was shot dead in 1978 at Yew Tree Farm, Prestwood, Staffordshire after apparently walking in on... Read more...

News Round-Up Week Ending 27.5.16

(Posted on 27/05/16)

“Criminal justice system close to breaking point”: A report by the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee has described the criminal justice system as "bedevilled by long-standing poor performance, including delays and inefficiencies", warning that cutbacks are affecting the ability of courts to deliver justice, the BBC reports. The report found: • Two thirds of trials in crown courts were delayed or did not... Read more...

Waney Squier: latest

Waney Squier: latest(Posted on 27/05/16)

Support for recently disbarred neuropathologist Dr Waney Squier continues: the satirical magazine Private Eye reporting of latest events; a forthcoming seminar including speakers Clive Stafford-Smith and Michael Mansfield QC and letters from the Chair of the Tribunal who seems singularly unable to answer a straightforward question. Read more...

News Round-Up Week Ending 6.5.16

(Posted on 04/05/16)

South Yorks PCC Criticised after Hillsborough Inquests: South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings has been criticised, by families of those unlawfully killed in 1989 at the Hillsborough stadium, for failing to hold the force to account over the adversarial strategy it employed during the inquests, the Guardian reports. “It appears that the PCC failed in his primary job of holding the force to account, including... Read more...

Dr Waney Squier struck off Medical Register

(Posted on 04/05/16)

World-renowned neuropathologist Dr Waney Squier has recently been struck off the medical register after a medical tribunal found she had given misleading and dishonest evidence to courts in six so-called “shaken baby” cases. Read an open letter by Dr Jennian Geddes to the Chair of the Tribunal Service in which she accuses the Tribunal of “deplorable” treatment of witnesses. Plus a forensic analysis of the Tribunal’... Read more...

Shaken Baby Cases

(Posted on 04/05/16)

The issue of shaken-baby cases is one which crosses medical and legal worlds and acrimoniously divides opinions and families alike. Dr Waney Squier has lodged an appeal against her removal from the medical register but, for now, her voice has been silenced. Read a collection of essays on the wider ramifications for all touched by the controversy. Read more...