MIscarriage of Justice

‘OVAL FOUR’: Final Member’s conviction referred to the Court of Appeal

[NEW – view the new CCRC Database, giving you instant access to hundreds of cases that have been referred to the Court of Appeal, case details in the respective press releases, and the decisions taken by the Court in respect of each case – simple, just as it should be!] The final member of the […]

Three men cleared of killing and freed after 36 years in prison

Three men who have spent 36 years in prison have been cleared of the killing of a teenager after a review of their case. Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewart were released from custody in Maryland, in the US, hours after a judge quashed their convictions and prosecutors dropped the charges. They were teenagers when they […]

Jeremy Bamber hopes new phone evidence will free him

Murderer Jeremy Bamber, who has spent 33 years in jail for killing his family, believes new evidence has come to light which could help free him. Bamber, 58, believes an unearthed police telephone record could help prove he did not carry out the killings at White House Farm, Essex, in which his parents Nevill and […]

Helen’s Law: What Happens When Juries Believe A Liar?

By Mark Leech Like any parent I can’t even begin to understand the heartache of Marie McCourt, the mother of Helen McCourt, who has no idea where her daughter’s body is located because the person convicted of her murder, Ian Simms, refuses to say – insisting he is innocent of the crime. Now, under new […]

Wrongly convicted men seek landmark payout ruling

Two men convicted of crime who served long sentences before being freed by the Court of Appeal are fighting potential landmark cases for compensation. They are asking the High Court to rule that UK law is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) because it wrongly restricts compensation in “miscarriage of justice” cases. […]

Gerry Conlon of the Guildford 4 Dies Aged 60

One of the best-known victims of a miscarriage of British justice, Gerry Conlon of the Guildford 4 has died at home in his native Belfast. Portrayed on film by Daniel Day-Lewis in the Oscar-nominated In the Name of the Father, Conlon was still campaigning on behalf of those in prison he believed were innocent even […]

Alan Charlton ‘body in carpet’ conviction sent to appeal

A man convicted of murdering a Cardiff teenager whose remains were found wrapped in carpet 25 years ago has had his case sent to the Court of Appeal. Alan Charlton is serving a life sentence for killing 15-year-old Karen Price, who disappeared from a children’s home in 1981. He was convicted in 1991 and an […]

Former Judge Jailed For Wrongful Murder Conviction

A former Texas judge charged over a wrongful murder conviction when he was a prosecutor agreed to a 10-day jail sentence, accepting the punishment in front of the innocent man he helped put in prisonfor nearly 25 years. Ken Anderson will also be disbarred and must serve 500 hours of community service as part of a […]

LOCKERBIE ‘BOMBER’ DIES IN TRIPOLI

Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has died in Tripoli, his brother said. Megrahi was sentenced to life in prison for the 1988 bombing of a US airliner over the Scottish town which claimed 270 lives. He was released from jail on August 20 2009 on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer and […]

BARRY GEORGE IN TEST CASE AFTER DANDO ACQUITTAL

Londoner Barry George, who spent eight years in prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of the TV presenter Jill Dando, is to fight a test case for compensation. Mr George, 52, who was cleared after a retrial in 2008, will be one of five lead cases to be heard at the High Court in London […]

SAM HALLAM CONVICTION QUASHED

A young man who spent more than seven years behind bars for a murder he insists he did not commit had his conviction quashed by judges today. Sam Hallam, 24, was at the Court of Appeal in London to hear the announcement by Lady Justice Hallett, Mr Justice openshaw and Mr Justice Spencer that his conviction […]