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News Round-Up Week Ending 27.2.15

(Posted on 27/02/15)


Why is Britain refusing to compensate victims of miscarriage of justice?

Duncan Campbell asked in Monday’s Guardian.

Last year’s ruling effectively means the real culprit of the crime for which you were wrongly convicted must be found before any compensation is awarded to you; innocence has to be proved “beyond reasonable doubt”.

Victor Nealon and Sam Hallam are challenging the new law. Barry George (pictured), wrongfully convicted of the murder of TV presenter Jill Dando, told the BBC that the decision not to award him compensation was “a mockery of justice”.

Duncan Campbell thinks a lack of publicity is partly to blame, with the demise of dedicated investigative television programmes such as Rough Justice and Trial and Error.

With David Cameron at the Global Law Summit this week professing that we “lead the way in promoting… the rule of law around the world”, Duncan Campbell asks how Britain can “wash its hands of those who have been so grievously treated by the criminal justice system.”