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News Round-Up Week Ending 4.3.16

(Posted on 04/03/16)

Footballer Gets Date for Appeal: Former Sheffield United player Ched Evans isto have his rape conviction appeal heard on March 22nd. Convicted of rape in 2012 and sentenced to five years’ incarceration,Evans was released in 2014 and last year had his case referred to the Court ofAppeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission with fresh evidence. Although there is no Football Association rule preventing convictedcriminals from playing, Evans... Read more...

CCRC: new powers of disclosure would trump lawyer / client privilege

CCRC: new powers of disclosure would trump lawyer / client privilege(Posted on 04/03/16)

The Criminal Cases Review Commission (Information) Bill received its second reading in the House of Lords on Friday 26th February. This article discusses its significance. Read more...

News Round-Up Week Ending 19.2.16

(Posted on 19/02/16)

‘Met Wrong to Doubt Claims of Abuse.’ Vera Baird, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, has disagreed with the Met’s new policy of not automatically believing alleged abuse victims.  “Thousands of victims of sexual abuse have been denied justice through the attitude the Met commissioner now advocates,” she said. “Sexual abuse is extremely difficult to report, because of its intimate... Read more...

Joint Enterprise Murder: Foresight Doesn’t Prove Guilt

Joint Enterprise Murder: Foresight Doesn’t Prove Guilt(Posted on 19/02/16)

A landmark ruling, handed down by the Supreme Court of England and Wales last month, is being seen by campaigners as an important breakthrough in the controversial law of Joint Enterprise. Read more...

News Round-Up Week Ending 12.2.16

(Posted on 11/02/16)

West Midlands Police ‘lied to protect IRA mole’.  Birmingham and Solihull coroner Louise Hunt is hearing an application to resume inquests into the twenty-one deaths that resulted from the 1974 pub bombings. An inquest was opened and adjourned in 1975 but, because the case was subject to a criminal investigation that resulted in the conviction of six men, it was never completed. “There is reason to believe the... Read more...

News Round-Up Week Ending 5.2.16

(Posted on 05/02/16)

Lammy to Lead Racism Review. Tottenham’s Labour MP David Lammy is to lead a government review of racism in the justice system. Black and ethnic minorities make up 14 percent of the population of England and Wales but more than a quarter of the prison population. “If you’re black, you’re more likely to be in a prison cell than studying at a top university,” the Prime Minister has said. “And if you’... Read more...