News Round-Up Week Ending 27.3.15
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CCRC â€œTimidâ€ and Underfunded.
The House of Commons Justice Committee has said the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) needs to be bolder in its approach.
The committee's report, published this week, also said that the commission is "struggling to cope" with an increased workload after funding cuts of 30%.
On BBC Radio 4â€™s Today programme on Wednesday, Richard Foster, chair of the CCRC was asked about the reportâ€™s conclusions that the CCRC is too timid, should be prepared to fail and should be referring more cases. Foster countered:
â€œIf we look at a case and we determine that we donâ€™t think that there is a real possibility [that the Court of Appeal would quash the conviction], then there is no point in our referring that case.â€
[Sarah Montague:] So are there cases that come before you where you think â€˜thereâ€™s something thatâ€™s gone a bit wrong here but I donâ€™t think, because of the rules of the Court of Appeal, that it will get overturned and therefore thereâ€™s no point referring it onâ€™?
$1Million for 39 Years
Ricky Jackson of Cleveland, Ohio was released last year after serving 39 years for a murder he did not commit. This week he learnt he is to receive $1 million in compensation.
â€œWow, I didnâ€™t know that,â€ declared Mr Jackson after a reporter broke the news. â€œWow, wow, wow, thatâ€™s fantastic, man. I donâ€™t even know what to say. This is going to mean so much.â€
Knox and Sollecito Innocent
After ten hours' deliberation, the Italian Court of Cassation has annulled the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kirchner, Reuters has reported.