Articles

This collection of articles - taken from newspapers - relates to a number of ongoing miscarriages of justice and to issues which directly affect the criminal justice system in Great Britain. The articles have been gathered here for reference.

Problems of, and help for miscarriage of justice victims Prisoners who maintain their innocence Trawling in sexual abuse cases Forensic science In prison
General  
Can lawyers put people before law?
by Dr Michael Naughton
'Lawyers, who see themselves as being part of the solution to the wrongful conviction of innocent people, are, in reality, part of the problem. By complying with the rules of the system which prevent the exoneration of the innocent they are implicated, whether they like it or not, in the sacrifice of potentially innocent people.'
With the Guantánamo Bay detainees freed the champion of the underdog has struck another high-profile victory. But the radical defence lawyer would far rather the spotlight shone on the plight of terrorist suspects held without trial. By Owen Bowcott, Friday January 14, 2005
Dr Michael Naughton finds a new category of perverse jury verdicts where the innocent face jail for crimes which never occurred
Too many guilty verdicts are made on questionable evidence writes Bob Woffinden in The Times
As the government plans a thorough overhaul of criminal justice, it needs to ask why so many unsafe convictions are overturned, says Bristol University's Dr Michael Naughton
In an article in the Sunday Times to mark the release of his most recent book, Ludovic Kennedy calls for a radical reform of the criminal justice system
Bob Woffinden meets Gisli Gudjonsson, whose pioneering studies changed the face of law
Clare Dyer of the Guardian looks at the case of Angela Cannings - who was recently jailed for the murder of two of her babies
Frances Gibb of The Times looks at the work of the CCRC
The disturbing case of Dr Bill Thompson, a criminologist specialising in child abuse, and a police search for pornography. Why was his home raided when he has legal protection?
An (extensive) article by Bob Woffinden in the New Statesman from 1998
Young, foolish, but not criminal: Sarah Wilson is serving 12 years for importing drugs she didn't know she was carrying. The man who planted them got just eight years ...
Zakaria Erzinglioglu argues for a review of the jury system
A man kills his unfaithful wife and gets two years. A woman kills her violent partner and gets life. Not fair, says Justice For Women, 10 years old tomorrow
Racism and injustice
An article on Satpal Ram from the Daily Express
An article on Satpal Ram from June 2000 by Jeremy Hardy of the Guardian
The prisoner - an article by Simon Hattenstone of the Guardian
Various articles on the review of the criminal law prepared by appeal court judge Sir Robin Auld
An article looking at the dangers of revealing defendants' past convictions to a jury
The case for and against the 'double jeopardy' rule
Jon Robins writing in The Lawyer asks whether it is time to review the powers of the court of appeal
The right of a jury to keep its deliberations secret is sacrosanct. But what happens when it threatens to cause a miscarriage of justice? Clare Dyer of the Guardian reports
Clare Dyer reports about a study on juries and jurors In New Zealand
Bob Woffinden asks if the court of appeal is failing to do its job
An extensive article from Scotland's Sunday Herald looking at a number of Scottish miscarriages of justice
Ludovic Kennedy argues that guilty/not guilty verdicts are outdated - a case should be proven
An article from the New Statesman from December 2000
Bob Woffinden on the role of the court of appeal and the CCRC
A seemingly insignificant case - yet one which reveals a great deal about how the criminal justice system does indeed get things wrong
An article from the Daily Express on happenings in South Wales ...
An article from the Observer calls for an inquiry into happenings in South Wales ...
Articles on the work of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC)
Or out of the frying pan and into the fire ... how a mother and her daughter nearly went on trial for a murder they hadn't committed
A total of seven articles in the wake of the £50,000 compensation award made to Winston Silcott in 1999
A 1997 article about Raphael Rowe by a former writer-in-residence at HMP Gartree
It's not a fair cop ....
Disclosure  
Public interest immunity is supposed to protect informants, but is it now being widely used to hide police malpractice?
The DPP admits that the current disclosure system is not working as it should ...
An article by Joel Bennathan in the wake of the quashing of the M25 Three convictions
Articles dealing with an ever-present issue in miscarriages of justice
Problems of, and help for miscarriage of justice victims  
Victims of miscarriage of justice receive less assistance on release than the guilty. But that could soon change ...
What becomes of prisoners whose convictions are quashed by the court of appeal ...
An article examing the thorny issue of compensation for the wrongly convicted
An old article from the New Statesman on the problems posed by freedom to victims of a miscarriage of justice
An article on the launch of MOJO, a new organisation which intends to help victims of a miscarriage of justice
Freedom doesn't mean you'll get your life back. An interview with Michael O'Brien on the launch of MOJO
An article dealing with the problems faced by victims of a miscarriage of justice once they are released
"Strange taste of freedom" - an interview with Andrew Evans 18 months after his release
Problems of prisoners who maintain their innocence  

 

John Taft, a wrongly convicted life sentence prisoner, shows that by refusing parole to prisoners maintaining innocence, the Prison Service unfairly penalises the most law-abiding inmates
Dr Michael Naughton shows how the Parole board's own data confirms that prisoners who maintain their innocence are likely not to be granted parole
Penny Lewis of the Independent looks at the problems faced by those protesting their innocence
An article by the investigative journalist Peter Hill in Inside Time highlighting the pressure on certain innocent prisoners to participate in a system which rewards admitting guilt
An article by former prisoner governor David Wilson on prisoners protesting their innocence
One of the problems faced by prisoners maintaining their innocence - the additional punishment for doing so
Prisoners maintaining their innocence at HMP Frankland win the right to challenge the governor's decision not to allow them 'enhanced' status
Trawling in sexual abuse cases  
Solicitors drum up childhood abuse cases with adverts in Inside Time and set off police trawl
Bob Woffinden writing in The Times on yet another case of police trawling
Two articles looking at 'Operation Rose', in which Northumbria Police went trawling for victims of sexual abuse
An article on the police practice of 'trawling' for 'abuse victims'
Care staff are being jailed for sex abuse on the evidence of accusers with questionable motives. Bob Woffinden reports
Forensic science  
Zakaria Erzinglioglu looks critically at the state of forensic sciences in Britain ...
The debate over fingerprint evidence in the wake of the Shirley McKie case
More tales of woe and confusion regarding supposedly infallible evidence ...
A leading police fingerprint expert resigns in order to testify in court against what he believes is flimsy forensic evidence that has led to unsafe convictions
Zakaria Erzinglioglu outlines his ideas for a reform of the forensic science sector and why these reforms are urgently required ...
A leading forensic scientist claims that experts are often pressurised into lying ...
In prison  
Articles on the July 1999 case against the Home Sec on the 'gagging' of journalists who visit prison inmates - and in particular prisoners protesting their innocence
Erwin James, a serving prisoner, reports on the treatment of an innocent man in prison
Auld lags inside .... an article by a serving life prisoner on what the New Year brings

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