Jimmy Boyle: The aftermath

A former teacher Jimmy Boyle spent five years in prison for rape he did not commit and has been subsequently released following a successful appeal and a retrial. Continue reading


The Police makes breakthrough in Susan Donoghue murder case

It is pleasure to know that the Police have achieved a full DNA profile of a suspect of a murder 40 years ago. The advancement of technology can finally give Ms Donoghue’s family peace, knowing that the murderer will soon be known to the Police. This case shows how new technology can help category 3 miscarriages of justice and right them even 40 years later.

For more information, please see The Guardian article here: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/aug/04/bristol-police-make-breakthrough-in-cold-case

Trevor Timm about miscarriages of justice

Trevor Timm, The Guardian columnist writes about the truth about the miscarriages of justice and how frequent they actually are. He specifically writes about a case described in Netflix’s original documentary episodes called ‘Making a Murderer’, which I am personally watching. Episodes and the article describe a case of Steve Avery, who spent 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, and, shortly after his release, got convicted again, for murder under shady circumstances. This is an excellent article for anyone willing to find out more about the Avery case and errors leading to miscarriages of justice.

You can read the full article on The Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/06/making-a-murder-netflix-series-miscarriages-of-justice-are-not-at-all-rare

Eddie Gilfoyle: Still fighting after 23 years


Eddie Gilfoyle had been long forgotten in the CCRC backlog of cases; however he finally received an answer from the watchdog in July this year. Not the answer he was looking for though.

Some bits of evidence were discredited in every appeal and CCRC application he had and now there is almost nothing left. However, the CCRC only refers cases based on evidence it did not have before and all these discredited bits are now known and, therefore, ineligible for a new investigation.

This is not going to be the last time I mention this case and I hope Mr Gilfoyle will keep fighting!

For more information on the CCRC decision and the case in general, please follow the links below:

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/eddie-gilfoyle-murder-conviction-appeal-11621221 – CCRC decision

http://www.eddiegilfoyle.co.uk/ – campaign website


Ched Evans: Is the CCRC improving its performance or prioritising cases?


A surprisingly speedy investigation was carried out by the CCRC in the case of a footballer Ched Evans, whose case was referred back to the Court of Appeal after only ten months long investigation, Robins, J. has said. Eddie Gilfoyle case, on the other hand, is more than four years in the investigation.

Richard Foster, chair of the CCRC, denies prioritising cases based on anything but evidence, applicant’s location (either in or out of prison) and health conditions. Mr Foster also brings up the never ending subject of CCRC’s lack of funding and is looking into its solutions.

Is the case of Ched Evans a one-time boost or is it the future of the CCRC investigations? Only time will show us!

You can read the full article on The Justice Gap website here: http://thejusticegap.com/2016/03/way-back-court-appeal/

Classification of miscarriages of justice

Following one of my earlier articles about a broader definition of miscarriages of justice, a new understanding of different types of miscarriages of justice is necessary (Berzins, 2016). As miscarriages of justice were not described as such a broad term before, classification was unnecessary. However, as the understanding broadens and different types of miscarriages of justice surface, categories may be useful for further analysis. Although it was originally suggested to use different criteria, this article will separate miscarriages of justice by using two main factors – who the victim is and who caused the miscarriage of justice. Continue reading