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Is justice 'just' for all of us - or only just for some?
Is it safe to assume that justice will prevail for you in your hour of need? People tend not to bother too much unless something goes wrong in their lives or friends and family.
More and more people are seeing that the British justice we used to have pride in, goes awry more than it should. Reputable lawyers and researchers have written books that are often in paperback so people can get hold of them cheaply.
A number of convicted people will tell you, after years of hardship and effort they managed to get free. They managed to prove their point, though it has not been easy and takes a very long time.
It may not have seemed as though they would and it took a toll on them, but free they are. Of course, it shouldn't take so long to put right something that should not have happened. And it shouldn't be so difficult - let's hope things will improve.
Reasons are given for what happens when people are falsely accused or convicted. Sometimes people are convicted because they confessed to something they simply did not do. Read about False confessions and see a list of books and articles.
Eyewitnesses often don't observe accurately at all, or remember clearly enough to be sure.
There can be problems over interpreting evidence and genuine disagreement among experts. Does this count as reasonable doubt? We are supposed to be regarded - and treated - as if we are innocent until proved guilty. It is a lesson for all of us because it can happen to anyone. The more we understand of possible reasons, the less things in our justice system and wider society, should be able to go so sadly and badly wrong.
There are concerns too about people charged under joint enterprise law as being responsible - by being present - during the commission of a serious crime, or even for not preventing it. See BBC Panorama link on joint enterprise http://news.bbc.co.uk/panorama/hi/front_page/newsid_8366000/8366280.stm and video at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00p31vd
Even if we are guilty we are still human beings, and people in prison have certain basic rights. Some people are more vulnerable than others due to their mental state or their age, and there are some links to information further down on this page.
You may be in prison and unable to see this. but someone you know may. If it gives them hope and some avenues to follow, maybe it can do something for you.
If you know someone who is in prison, try to get some support for yourself too.
UAI United Against Injustice,
National Federation of Miscarriage of Justice Campaign and Support Organisations
Joint Enterprise - Not Guilty by Association
United Against Injustice
West Midlands Against Injustice http://www.innocent.org.uk/wmai/WestMidlands.html
Miscarriages of JusticeUK (MOJUK) News Service
Forum on Joint Enterprise Law
Monday 13 December 2010
An open forum to discuss what joint enterprise is and how it impacts on young people, with a panel sharing their experiences and concerns.
Addaction, 97 Cobbold Road, London NW10 9SU
For more information contact Davis Williams: 079 3939 6465
Details of Miscarriage of Justice cases and subscription to email Bulletins at MOJUK www.mojuk.org.uk
Murder Convictions Without Evidence
by Dr Andrew Green
This is the text of a speech given at the House of Commons on 23 March 2010, at a meeting on the subject of joint enterprise. Andrew Green is solely responsible for the content of the article, and UAI is responsible for none of its content or the opinions expressed in it.
The article is in format. Click here to read or download it.
Power, Resistance, Knowledge: The Epistemology of Policing [Hardcover] Andrew Green (Author)
BOOKS - MISCARRIAGES of JUSTICE, LEGAL/ HUMAN RIGHTS
'Citizens Advice Handbook: Practical Independent Advice' Penguin paperback C.A.B.
'Defending the Guilty: Truth & Lies in the Criminal Courtroom' by Alex McBride
'Human Rights in the UK: An introduction to the Human Rights Act 1998' by D.Hoffman & J.Rowe QC
'Judge for Yourself: How many are innocent?' by L A Naylor
'Killer in the Shadows/Robert Knapper' by Laurence Alison, Marie Eyre
'Legal Blunders' by Geoff Tibballs
'Michael Mansfield: Memoirs of a radical lawyer' by Michael Mansfield
'Miscarriages of Justice: A review of justice in error' by Clive Walker, Keir Starmer
'Miscarriages of Justice' by Bob Woffinden
'No Smoke: The shocking truth about British justice' by Sandra Lean
'Pariah' by Colin Stagg with Ted Hynds
'Power, Resistance, Knowledge' by Andrew Green
'Presumed Guilty: British legal system exposed' by Michael Mansfield
'Psychology of False Confessions' notes by Dr. Gisli Gudjonsson. See book 'The Psychology of Interrogations, Confessions and Testimony'
'Rethinking Miscarriages of Justice: Beyond the tip of the iceberg' by Dr Michael Naughton see WATCH ONLINE
'Scandals in Justice' Magazine www.scandals.org
'Somebodies & Nobodies: Overcoming the abuse of rank' by Robert W Fuller
'Stack & Sway: The new science of jury consulting' by Neil J Kressel, Dorit F Kressel
'Sway, the irresistible pull of irrational behaviour' by Ori Brafman, Ron Brafman
'Taking Liberties' by Chris Atkins, Sarah Bee, Fiona Button
'The Algebra of Justice' for comments on some wellknown UK cases http://www.justjustice.org/algebra.html
'The Death of Justice' by Michael O'Brien with Greg Lewis
'The Handbook of Human Rights Law: An accessible approach to the issues & principles' Michael Arnheim
'The Price of Innocence' by Iain McKie & Michael Russell
'The Use and Abuse of Power' ed by Annette Y Lee-Chai, John Bargh
'Trial & Error' by David Jessel
'Trial & Error' by Robert Kee
'Weird Cases: Comic and bizarre cases from courtrooms around the World' by G Slapper
'When Law Fails: Making sense of miscarriages of justice' by Douglas Berman, Charles Ogletree, Austin Sarat
'Your Rights: the Liberty Guide to Human Rights' by Megan Addis & Penelope Morrow
'No Smoke - The shocking truth about British Justice' by Sandra Lean
A life-long fascination with the workings of the human mind, and especially the workings of the "criminal mind," led Sandra Lean, at the age of 32, through the doors of Napier University in Edinburgh.
A single parent of two young children, she studied Psychology and Sociology to Honours Degree level. A Masters' Degree in Forensic Psychology seemed like the most obvious next step, until a local, high-profile murder hit the headlines.
'The Death of Justice' by Michael O'Brien with Greg Lewis, Foreward by Gareth Peirce
Michael O'Brien was imprisoned for 11 years for a crime he didn't commit - the Cardiff Newsagent Murder. In this book he reveals all about the police incompetence and scapegoating which landed him as an innocent man in prison.
On his release he joined forces with with another victim of miscarried justice, Paddy Joe Hill, a member of the Birmingham Six. They set up MOJO (the Miscarriages of Justice Organisation) to help others who were wrongfully imprisoned.
'Pariah' by Colin Stagg with Ted Hynds, Foreward by Nick Ross
Colin Stagg examines the murder of Rachel Nickell in 1992. He served thirteen months on remand before an Old Bailey Judge ruled that he was unjustly entrapped and 'evidence' was ruled inadmissible. The media implied he 'got away with murder' and he suffered death threats and physical attacks. It seemed as though no-one wanted to test his DNA to eliminate him. For a perspective on some likely factors involved in the Police not reaching conclusions earlier, see 'Killer in the Shadows' by Laurence Alison and Marie Eyre. New DNA evidence in 2004 showed that Robert Napper was Rachel's murderer. The Metropolitan Police made a formal apology to Colin Stagg in December 2008.
'The Price of Innocence' by Iain McKie and Michael Russell
In a world obsessed with surveillance and where fingerprint and DNA testing are routine, what happened to Shirley McKie could happen to anyone. Policewoman Shirley McKie's decade-long fight for justice led to her trial for perjury... Her crime? To refuse to accept the misidentification of her fingerprint , allegedly found at a murder scene she should not have entered.
But because she spoke the truth, Shirley McKie was persecuted for years by senior police officers, ex-colleagues, forensics experts, politicians and government ministers... This book uncovers new information about the murder of Marion Ross, offers wide-ranging evidence of official incompetence and dishonesty, and suggests a conspiracy which might have sent an innocent man to prison for life.
'Judge for Yourself - How many are innocent' by L A Naylor
An exploration of how such mistakes are allowed to continue, and how, despite an often blatant lack of evidence against them, many people have been - and still are - languishing in jail for crimes they did not commit. "If one really wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges, or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected - those, precisely, who need the law's protection most - and listens to their testimony" by James Baldwin
'Miscarriages of Justice' by Bob Woffinden
Many innocent people are imprisoned in British jails, some for exceptionally long terms, because the police handling the investigation misconstrued the actions of suspects, or because faulty and misleading evidence was presented at the trial, or because the defence case was inadequately argued. The adversarial system of justice that operates in the UK puts innocent people at an in-built disadvantage.
'Presumed Guilty: the British Legal System Exposed' & 'Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer' by Michael Mansfield QC
"Miscarriages of justice can happen to anyone, at any time, for any offence."
Progressing Prisoners Maintaining Innocence (PPMI) Invites you to a Public Meeting
Sunday 7th November 2010 from 3:00 - 5:30pm
Prisoners claiming innocence: Dealing with wrongful convictions
The hurdles facing prisoners maintaining innocence will be explained and discussed and there will be plenty of time for questions.
Hall of St Mellitus Church, Tollington Park,
London N4 3AG
Refreshments provided. No advance tickets needed.
Speakers: Dr. Michael Naughton, Bristol University, Founder and Director, Innocence Network
Please contact Gabe Tan for further information http://www.bristol.ac.uk/law/news/2010/173.html
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