... The Rayleigh farmhouse fire occurred amid a wave of protests among rural communities in the south east of England known as the "Swing Riots"- so called because the incidents were accompanied with letters signed by a "Captain Swing". ...
The jury managed to find him guilty despite several sound alibi witness statements. So not entirely the police's fault.Took a long time to get an apology.
The family of a father who was wrongly convicted of murder have been given a police apology 70 years after he was executed in a British prison.
Mahmood Mattan, a British Somali and former seaman, was hanged in 1952 after he was convicted of killing shopkeeper Lily Volpert in her store in Cardiff.
His conviction was the first Criminal Case Review Commission referral to be quashed at the Court of Appeal in 1998.
South Wales Police have apologised and admitted the prosecution was "flawed".
"This is a case very much of its time - racism, bias and prejudice would have been prevalent throughout society, including the criminal justice system," said its chief constable, Jeremy Vaughan. "There is no doubt that Mahmood Mattan was the victim of a miscarriage of justice as a result of a flawed prosecution, of which policing was clearly a part. It is right and proper that an apology is made on behalf of policing for what went so badly wrong in this case 70 years ago and for the terrible suffering of Mr Mattan's family and all those affected by this tragedy for many years."
The jury managed to find him guilty despite several sound alibi witness statements. So not entirely the police's fault.
I'm not saying is wasn't at least partly their fault, but the entire process rail-roaded the poor man, including "12 good men and true". There are others that owe an apology, not just the police.No, but the police played an important part. There would have been no prosecution if they had done their duty properly. The full article at the link puts the case in the context of society in the 1950s.
Isn't it a consequence of the arthurian legends, where the Saxons play the bad part ?
The Franco-Norman knights promoted their own version of the arthurian legends and posed as heirs of Arthur and his men. Be it in Ireland or Scotland, many "celtic" independantists actually had Norman roots : both Robert the Bruce, and his Commyn rivals, for instance, came from prominent families from French Cotentin.
Conversely, some Saxon kings probably had Celtic origins. Cerdic of Wessex has a very british sounding name to me : Ceredig / Caradoc. A German would rather have been named Cedric than Cerdic.
I do not disagree with you, but do disagree about the lack of context: everyone's justice system often buries it's mistakes. At least in the "developed" countries. This is evident in the previous postings to this discussion; perhaps you thought everyone already knew this about the UK justice system? If so, I apologize for misunderstanding you.A terrible injustice, he was lucky in one way,
the American justice system often buries it's mistakes.
That is so true - take the case of Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter back in 1966 in Paterson, NJ. I wrote about this elsewhere on this site, Carter and his friend, John Artis, were convicted of entering a tavern at 2:30 a.m. and shooting several people. Carter spent 19 years in prison before he was freed, he and Artis had lost appeals and were re-convicted on a new trial. Based on incorrect procedures in the original trial, Carter was finally freed.One of the most annoying aspects of the U.S. justice system - and I suspect it's the case elsewhere - is that once someone is convicted the presumption of innocence disappears. Contrary to popular belief, appeals are not retrials; they only address improprieties in the proceedings or the law. And even when new evidence negates the scenario presented by the prosecution, courts don't like to reopen cases lest it lead to a flood of trivial challenges by others who still proclaim innocence.
It's quite common actually. It's terrible that circumstantial evidence and the wrong defense attorney, along with a half-hearted jury, can put an innocent person in prison for years.A previous DA had refused to allow a DNA test in 2000.
A US man who spent nearly four decades in prison for murder has been released after new DNA evidence pointed to a different person.
Maurice Hastings served more than 38 years in state prison for the 1983 murder of Roberta Wydermyer in California and two attempted murders. But new DNA evidence instead pointed to another man who died in prison in 2020.
Now 69, Mr Hastings has been released from prison after his 1988 conviction was vacated on 20 October.
LA County District Attorney George Gascón described his conviction as a "terrible injustice".
"The justice system is not perfect, and when we learn of new evidence which causes us to lose confidence in a conviction, it is our obligation to act swiftly," he added in a statement.
Although, there is the possibility that a villain could plant somebody's DNA at the scene of a crime...It's quite common actually. It's terrible that circumstantial evidence and the wrong defense attorney, along with a half-hearted jury, can put an innocent person in prison for years.
Thank goodness for DNA.
True, but when the DNA is from a known person unconnected to the accused, or comes from a variety of sources at the crime scene, that seems less likely. Furthermore, if the DNA is from a person known to commit such crimes, and if the accused person's DNA is not where one would expect it, that essentially clinches reasonable doubt.Although, there is the possibility that a villain could plant somebody's DNA at the scene of a crime...
Could you please clarify for our UK friends what "common" means to you? 1 out of 10, 1 out of 100, 1 out of 1000, etc.? There is a cadre, thankfully small, here who criticize the US on a regular basis. Sometimes it is even fact-based.It's quite common actually. It's terrible that circumstantial evidence and the wrong defense attorney, along with a half-hearted jury, can put an innocent person in prison for years.
Thank goodness for DNA.
...The USSR decides now is his chance to pick on little Finland. He fucking hates Finland for simply existing, and everyone else seems distracted at the moment.
He walks right over to Finland (who is sitting down drinking a brewski).
Finland gives The USSR more than he bargained for though.
While sitting down drinking a beer mind you, Finland kicks The USSR in the knee really fucking hard. The USSR lunges for him but “Fin” slides under the table and pops out on the other side.
Finland then finishes his beer and gives The USSR the middle finger.
The USSR looks like a bitch in front of his tough German friend...
I had the great good luck to work with a couple of Finns in the 1990's and formed much the same opinion.In his book The Winter War, William R Trotter describes Finnish soldiers discovering that if you ran across the flame from a Russian flamethrower tanks fast enough you could pass through it without getting badly hurt.
You definitely want them on your side in a fight.
That's the point of there being a conviction. Once a defendant has been found guilty, the presumption of innocence of that crime is over for that person.One of the most annoying aspects of the U.S. justice system - and I suspect it's the case elsewhere - is that once someone is convicted the presumption of innocence disappears.