Tuesday, 3 March 2009

The Lynette White Fifteen

Charges have eventually been brought as a result of exposing one of the worst cases of miscarriage of justice in the UK, never mind Wales. Three men were unjustifiably imprisoned and their lives ruined by this. If the death penalty had still been in force at the time of the original trial, the result could have been even worse.

The worry now is that, if any of the thirteen police officers involved are found guilty of perjury, their evidence in other prosecutions could be thought to be tainted. If cases turned on such evidence, then there could be retrials or even the quashing of convictions.

Perhaps it was investigation of these implications which caused the long delay in bringing the new case - which, I note, is being tried in London rather than Cardiff.

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