Hillsborough disaster and what we should remember about it

We have gone a long way since the infamous Hillsborough disaster. 96 people were killed. Victims’ friends and families were shocked and emotionally broken. But like that was not enough, the South Yorkshire police blamed the football supporters. But the people did not give up; they fought for the justice for their loved ones. They fought for 28 years and the day when we can see the distant end of this terrible nightmare has finally come. 6 people have been charged with offences including misconduct, preventing the course of justice and manslaughter. Is this the justice people deserve though? Is this something we should congratulate and regard as success? Whatever it is, it is definitely not a success for Hillsborough disaster’s victims due to the following 2 reasons. It is, however, a lesson we need to remember for the future. Continue reading

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Investigation reveals 6,000 unreliable forensic samples: how statistics could keep factually guilty in prison

Dodd, V. from The Guardian reported that 2 Randox Testing Services (RTS) employees are under criminal investigation for suspected manipulation of forensic tests. 6,000 forensic samples are to be re-examined as part of the investigation, however 10 per cent of samples are no longer available. These 10 per cent of samples that cannot be relied on, therefore cases involving these samples might get overturned. Continue reading

Why miscarriages of justice matter

Why miscarriages of justice when there are so many things going wrong in the world? Why trust somebody who is convicted of a crime and has to spend years or decades in prison? Every one of them says they are innocent, don’t they? Majority of them lie.

However, the history has shown us that miscarriages of justice can and do occur, meaning that some of those offenders and liars are no different than any other law-abiding member of society. Well, with one exception – nobody believes them. Continue reading

Rassam Ali and Rotherham child abuse scandal: Police’s failures are not over

Rassam Ali. A man who should not have gone to prison. But he did. A man who was not supposed to win an appeal and overturn his conviction. But he did.  A man who was chosen to show an example of what will happen to perpetrators involved in Rotherham child abuse scandal. But now he is just another name to include in miscarriages of justice statistics. Continue reading

 ​The case of Mark Carnelley: This is the amount of evidence to expect in every trial

A man has been jailed for a historical rape that occurred 26 years ago, The Telegraph reported last week. Mr Carnelley was caught after receiving a caution and having his DNA taken and stored on the national database. The court heard that the probability of the DNA not being his was less than one in a billion and, although he denied the crime at first, he eventually changed his plea to guilty. Continue reading