Miscarriages of justice
Miscarriages of justice
THE body set up to investigate potential miscarriages of justices in Scotland has seen a dramatic rise in its workload in the past year.
TWO men who served ten years in jail after being found guilty of killing a friend during a drunken brawl had their murder convictions overturned today.
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GEORGE McPhee, who spent 18 years in prison for the murder in the Black Isle in 1985 of Elizabeth "Totsie" Sutherland, called for a public inquiry yesterday after winning a lengthy legal battle to clear his name.
DOZENS of parents and carers convicted of killing or seriously harming babies could be freed if a series of cases to be heard at the Court of Appeal this week prove successful.
A MAN wrongly convicted of the attempted murder of a nine-year-old boy yesterday said he feared he may never return to a normal life.
THREE men convicted of a gang rape in a city tower block have won the support of a leading human rights lawyer in their fight to clear their names.
A MAN found guilty of killing a bride’s brother outside her wedding reception yesterday won a nine-year legal fight to have his conviction quashed.
A DETECTIVE jailed six years ago for raping and sexually abusing a former girlfriend, yesterday spoke of his "incalculable gratitude" to his family for helping clear his name.
TWO men who spent 18 years in jail before being cleared of murdering newspaper boy Carl Bridgewater must repay the money they saved in "board and lodgings" while in prison, the Court of Appeal in London ruled yesterday.
The 'Glasgow Two', Thomas 'TC' Campbell and Joseph Steele, today had their convictions for murder overturned at the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh.
A MAN who has spent 18 years in prison protesting his innocence is set to be freed today pending a fresh appeal against his conviction in a notorious murder case.
MICHAEL Shirley, who spent 16 years behind bars for the brutal murder of a barmaid, was cleared and freed by the Court of Appeal yesterday.
BRITAIN’S longest-running miscarriage of justice was brought to a dramatic close yesterday when appeal judges quashed the conviction of a man hanged for murder 53 years ago.
A SCOT who wrongly spent 25 years behind bars finally got the chance to confront the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) yesterday as he continued his calls for an independent inquiry into his case.
‘There’s the old cliché ... that it ‘hasn’t sunk in yet’… Let me tell you: It has sunk in. I knew for years that this day would come. I don’t get excited by things very easily, after what I’ve had to endure, so I am dealing with it like I deal with everything else, calmly …"
ROBERT Brown, the man jailed for 25 years for a murder he did not commit, made an emotional homecoming to Glasgow last night.
IN THE end, it was a Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) report that finally convinced the appeal judges to deliver justice for Robert Brown. The CCRC report revealed that Detective Superintendent George Bethell, one of the officers involved in the original investigation, allegedly rewrote forensic evidence that could have proved Mr Brown’s innocence.
AS NEWS of her son’s release from prison reached her hospital bed in Glasgow last night, Margaret Brown’s mind would inevitably have strayed back to the afternoon in Manchester in October 1977 when she watched him deprived of the prime of his adult life.
THE Scottish prisoner at the centre of the UK’s longest-running miscarriage of justice case, has condemned the "insidious and devious" system he believes will continue to oppose his liberty.
LAWYERS for a convicted murderer, who claims he is the victim of a long-running miscarriage of justice, failed yesterday in an attempt to have him released on bail pending the hearing of a fresh appeal against conviction.