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Woman wrongly convicted in son's death will be compensated

Woman wrongly convicted in son's death will be compensated(Posted on 18/10/20)

An innocent woman who spent 17 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted following a mobile home fire that killed her 3-year-old son will be compensated by the state of Indiana. Kristine Bunch, who was convicted of murder and arson in 1996, was found by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute’s Board of Trustees to be eligible for compensation through the state’s exoneration fund. Jackson County Judge AmyMarie Travis, one of the board... Read more...


'Human error' leads to mistakes on Police National Computer

'Human error' leads to mistakes on Police National Computer(Posted on 05/10/20)

Questions have been raised over the accuracy of convictions stored on the Police National Computer (PNC) after the courts service apologised after two offences were incorrectly recorded against a defendant. The female defendant had a guilty plea entered on the PNC for an offence related to a violent crime she denied when in fact, she hadn't been to court yet. She therefore gained a criminal conviction which subsequently took her lawyers three months... Read more...


Sub-postmasters prosecuted for offences in Scotland are asked if they want their case re-examined

Sub-postmasters prosecuted for offences in Scotland are asked if they want their case re-examined(Posted on 30/09/20)

It has been described as one of the biggest miscarriages of justice cases in Britain and it looks like the Post Office scandal will now be investigated in Scotland. More than 70 sub-postmasters with fraud and theft convictions in Scotland have been encouraged to contact the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) if they believe they have suffered a miscarriage of justice. It comes after almost 50 postmasters in the rest of the UK had... Read more...


Legal mistake leads to 15 offenders having convictions rescinded

Legal mistake leads to 15 offenders having convictions rescinded(Posted on 24/09/20)

Fifteen people convicted of sex offence cases in Northern Ireland have had their sentences rescinded after a legal blunder made by officials. The convictions will be ruled invalid after it was discovered that a mistake was made in legislation introduced in 2009 as part of reforms of the criminal law relating to sexual offences. There were 17 victims in total with 11 of them children at the time of when the offence was committed.  Three offences... Read more...


More than half of all wrongful criminal convictions in the US are caused by government misconduct.

More than half of all wrongful criminal convictions in the US are caused by government misconduct.(Posted on 21/09/20)

Official misconduct is a major cause of convictions of innocent defendants, a new study has found. The National Registry of Exonerations found that in 1,296 of cases, 54%, misconduct by government officials contributed to the defendants’ wrongful convictions. More than a third of all exonerations included misconduct by police officers, nearly as many involved misconduct by prosecutors, about one in seven included misconduct by other government... Read more...


Inside Justice welcomes Dean Kingham to team

Inside Justice welcomes Dean Kingham to team(Posted on 21/09/20)

We are delighted to announce that Dean Kingham has joined the Inside Justice Advisory Panel.  Dean is a solicitor who qualified in 2011. He previously completed the Bar Vocational Course in 2005 and decided to cross qualify as a solicitor. He has worked on criminal appeals since 2005 and heads up the prison law, criminal and public law teams at Swain and Co Solicitor. Dean brings a huge amount of experience with him to the team as he is... Read more...