law graduate who falsely accused her boyfriend of rape as an excuse for failing her exams has been jailed.

The BBC have reported that a law graduate who falsely accused her boyfriend of rape as an excuse for failing her exams has been jailed for three-and-a-half years. Rhiannon Brooker, 30, was convicted at Bristol Crown Court of perverting the course of justice. She claimed Paul Fensome, 46, had beaten her, forced her to have […]

Times Article: This cruelty to those in legal limbo must stop

Our attention has been brought to a very interesting article by Libby Purves in The Times on 26th May headed “This cruelty to those in legal limbo must stop” which essentially is about the impact of being subject to police investigations  for several months when you are innocent. it begins: Imagine living in a country […]

Gerry Conlon’s life is a reminder that wrongful convictions happen everywhere

There is a useful article (here) in The Conversation that the recent passing of Gerry Conlon aged 60 is a reminder that wrongful convictions happen everywhere. Gerry was wrongly convicted as one of the Guildford Four for the 1975 IRA bombing in which he had no part. The case of the  remains one the most famous miscarriage of justice […]

Supreme Court rule that blanket disclosure of past convictions on CRB is unlawful.

It has been reported in the Independent (here) that five Supreme Court justices have ruled that the requirement to reveal had been a breach of the man’s right to private life, following a hearing in London. Home Secretary Theresa May – and Justice Secretary Chris Grayling – asked Supreme Court justices to consider whether disclosure […]

Government announce that sex offenders on licence will now face polygraph testing.

Sex offenders on licence will now face some of the world’s toughest approaches to supervision, Justice Minister Jeremy Wright said today. Probation officers have begun rigorous training to become polygraph examiners, putting some of the most serious sex offenders in the community under stringent tests. Around 1,000 will undergo the compulsory lie detector tests designed […]

Line dance teacher wins an apology in High Court after being falsely accused.

An award-winning line-dancing teacher was given apology in High Court after rival falsely accused him of assault and harassing members of the line-dancing community. His solicitor said that the line-dance teacher had brought these claims upon discovering that the defendants had made a series of false and defamatory complaints to the Best Western Dance Academy – […]

Home Office announce a revised PACE code

The Home Office have announced a revised code for the detention, treatment and questioning of suspects (other than those related to terrorism) detained in police custody under the Police and Criminal Evidence Acts Documents PACE Code C 2013 Ref: ISBN 9780108512780PDF, 4.33MB, 88 pages PACE Code C 2014 Ref: ISBN 9781474104340PDF, 435KB, 83 pages PACE Code C 2014: print-ready Ref: ISBN 9781474104333, 13051401 […]

Care Home Worker wins CRB case against Thames Valley Police

Re: P, R (on the application of) v Thames Valley Police [2014] EWHC 1436 (Admin) (08 May 2014) A worker at a care home has won his case against Thames Valley police concerning remarks on his enhanced crb. Interestingly he also secured anonymity in the judgement. The judgement sets out the arguments for and against disclosure […]

Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) apologise to innocent man for not investigating case more thoroughly

A man who spent 17 years behind bars wrongfully convicted of attempted rape has received an apology from a body set up to examine miscarriages of justice. Victor Nealon, 53, was convicted of attacking a woman outside a nightclub in Redditch in 1996. He asked the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to examine his case […]

Is it right that unproven, sometimes hysterical accusations can be made against the deceased?

Barrister Barbara Hewson has written a thought provoking article on whether it is right that unproven, sometimes hysterical accusations can be made against the deceased. Although her article is set against the background of Operation Yewtree her arguments go well beyond this narrow line. and examines the law relating to defamation of the deceased. The […]

Official report gives warning about falling quality standards amongst lawyers specialising in criminal matters.

An official report on Independent Criminal Advocacy in England and Wales undertaken by former Civil Servant Sir Bill Jeffrey  warns of concerns that about current standards [of advocacy] among judges (including some with long experience as solicitors) which was remarkable for its consistency and the strength with which it was expressed. ‘There is “disquiet” among judges about the […]

Max Clifford jailed for a total of eight years

Disgraced celebrity publicist Max Clifford has been jailed for a total of eight years for a string of indecent assaults against girls and young women. On Monday the 71-year-old became the first person to be convicted under Operation Yewtree. Sentencing the PR man, Judge Anthony Leonard said he had groomed and degraded his victims. Mr Leonard […]

Jimmy Savile victims are being advised how they can claim compensation through adverts in newspapers.

According to a BBC report here people who say they were sexually abused by Jimmy Savile are being advised how they can claim compensation through adverts in newspapers. Victims will be able to make claims against the Savile estate, the BBC and the NHS, with payments capped at £60,000 each. So far, about 140 people […]

CPS defends decision to bring assault and rape charges against Nigel Evans

According to a report in the Guardian (here) the director of public prosecutions has defended the decision to bring sex assault and rape charges against Tory MP Nigel Evans by saying it would do the same again, despite a warning from its former director Lord Macdonald that it must not “lose perspective” over high-profile cases involving historic […]

Attorney General to warn the Crown Prosecution Service not to bring to court cases that are “unworkable or untenable”

It has been reported in The Telegraph (here) [10 April 2014] that the Attorney General will warn the Crown Prosecution Service not to bring to court cases that are “unworkable or untenable” amid growing disquiet over the handling of the failed prosecution of Nigel Evans, the Commons’ former deputy speaker. Dominic Grieve will meet with […]

are the CPS be too willing to bring charges when evidence is not very strong

Read Joshua Rosenberg’s excellent article in the Guardian regarding the acquittal of Nigel Evans and Nicholas Jacobs in two high profile cases. The acquittal of Nigel Evans on sexual assault charges, just a day after Nicholas Jacobs was acquitted of murdering PC Keith Blakelock in 1985, has made this a bad week for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Evans is only […]

Cyril Smith: No justice for dead men – The moral crusade against child abuse invents its own truth.

Tim Black, Deputy Editor of Spiked On-line has written a powerful article on regarding the moral crusade against child abuse and how truth is distorted in the context dead men being denied justice. The article  “Cyril Smith: No justice for dead men  - The moral crusade against child abuse invents its own truth can be viewed”  here  […]

The cult of victimhood and the limits of the law – the problem that stale accusations of historic abuse present for the legal system.

Barbara Hewson, a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn,  has written an article published in The Barrister Magazine on the cult of victimhood and the limits of the law. In  Part 1 of the article she considers certain problems that stale accusations of historic abuse present for the legal system. In it she suggests that .. the role of […]

Nigel Evans trial: are the UK prosecutors playing GOD?

Spiked On-line have published an article (14th April) by Frank Furedi  in which he questions whether or not UK prosecutors playing GOD? Many people have raised doubts about the manner and zeal with which the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has pursued proceedings against a number of high-profile defendants in cases involving sex crimes, including rape. Last week’s […]

Justice at last for Carol’s family

It has been reported in The Times that the family of a nurse who falsely claimed that her parents were Satanists after undergoing “recovered memory” therapy have won the right to seek a new inquest into her death. Article and source here (please note The Times operates a paywall) FACT Comment You can find out further […]

Barry George to take compensation case to European Court.

Barry George, the man wrongly accused of murdering TV presenter Jill Dando, is taking his £1 million compensation claim to the European Court of Human Rights. Mr George, 53, is seeking compensation for loss of earnings and wrongful imprisonment, after spending eight years in jail for a crime he did not commit. Full Story here

The Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014 receives Royal Assent

The Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014 which makes provision about the release, and supervision after release, of offenders, to make provision about the extension period for extended sentence prisoners, to make provision about community orders and suspended sentence orders, and for connected purposes has received Royal Assent Under the new Act rehabilitation periods for community orders […]

The problem with memory

There is an interesting article in Inside Time by Dr David Hockey an Applied Investigative Criminologist and Private Investigator regarding the role of memory in in cases of alleged historical abuse. Since the Jimmy Savile ‘Yewtree’ inquiry, there has been an increasing number of alleged historical sexual cases brought to court and there appears no end […]

Unlock provide update on recent changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

Unlock have campaigned for many years to see changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. It’s the first time in nearly 40 years since the legislation has been reformed in this way. It’s been quite a wait since the law received Royal Assent in 2012, but we’re delighted that we’ve finally got there. Since we […]

DPP strongly defends celebrity prosecutions

Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions has strongly defended the prosecutions that have followed the Jimmy Savile scandal. She said that she intends to keep pursuing such cases and claims that the public would be “horrified” if complaints about historical abuse did not lead to prosecutions and  referred to sex abuse convictions for teachers dating back […]