Police Reject Judge’s Call To Apologise Over Wrongful Conviction

Police have refused to apologise to a man wrongly jailed for 25 years because officers lied at his trial, even after the now-retired appeal court judge who quashed the conviction told the Guardian that the force should say sorry. Cheshire police said that while they were “concerned” at the wrongful jailing of Paul Blackburn, who was convicted as a teenager in 1978 for the attempted murder and sexual assault of a young boy, no apology was needed as procedures at the time of the investigation were “very different”. Blackburn, then in a reform school in Warrington, Cheshire, was arrested shortly after he turned 15. The only notable evidence against him was a confession he signed after four hours of questioning by two senior officers, with no parent or lawyer present. The appeal court, which quashed the conviction in 2005, two years after Blackburn was released on license, said the police claim he wrote the confession unaided “can now be seen to have been untrue” after linguistic analysis showed it was littered with police jargon almost certainly unknown to a poorly-educated teenager. The ruling said this cast doubt on other police claims.

Read more: Peter Walker, Guardian, https://is.gd/FuDeaO

Prison Staff Misconduct Investigations Rise By Third

Investigations into alleged misconduct by prison staff have risen by a third in a year, figures have revealed. More than 2,500 charges were investigated in 2018-19, up from 1,894 the previous year. Alleged “breach of security” – which can include bringing contraband into jails – and use of “unnecessary” force contributed to the rise. The Prison Service said action was taken against the “small minority that engaged in inappropriate behaviour”. Mick Pimblett, assistant general secretary of the Prison Officers Association (POA), blamed some of the rises on inexperienced staff and a lack of training. There were 2,511 investigations into alleged misconduct by 1,286 prison staff in England and Wales in 2018-19, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio Kent. Prior to that the number of investigations had been falling. In the same time, 529 staff were disciplined, with 112 recommended for dismissal. Nearly 500 investigations into allegations of “breach of security” in prisons took place in the year ending March 2019.

AGM bites

It was also announced that a new outreach support group was to be initiated on a trial basis.  It is to be held in London, for those still suffering from stress of their false allegations.  Those who wish to attend this small group can find out if it is suitable for them by contacting, by email, the Secretary at support@false-allegations.org.uk, where they will be given details of the future events, should it be suitable for them. The next meeting will be in London on Monday 9th Dec 2019.

As decided at the FASO AGM, held in Cardiff in Sept 2019, Margaret Gardener will take up her new role as Chief Executive Officer of FASO (CEO) and oversee all aspects of FASO – whilst two new Directors will be heading the Criminal and Family phases of the work.

It is with sadness our prison visiting service at HMP Isle of Wight has had to close after 10 years’ service, due to the retirement of our two voluntary leaders on the Island.

The feminising of justice that makes it hard for men charged with rape to get a fair trial, writes human rights lawyer BARBARA HEWSON

Of course, rape is a terrible crime and gang-rape is one of the worst things that human beings can do to another justice-quotes-3person.

So, had four young men who were arrested after a group sex session at a student ball been found guilty of sex crimes, they would have been jailed for many years…

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3538907/The-feminising-justice-makes-hard-men-charged-rape-fair-trial-writes-human-rights-lawyer-BARBARA-HEWSON.html#ixzz45oMF8ywG


Maximum Match Points for Justice

One of the hardest things a lot of people find to understand about False Allegations is what they say about the legal Justice system and how it is functioning.  Often there are calls for new laws of checks to be put in place, or various “lessons to be learnt” when, in truth, the laws we have in the country – the lMatch4aws that are meant to protect each and every one of us – are already in place.  It is understandable to hear people say things like: “well, he must have done something wrong if they have charged him and taken him to court.”

The scariest thing is that unless people have personal experience of false allegations they genuinely don’t know that this is not t he case.  It might be hard to imagine, but people genuinely are arrested, charged and even – in some terrible examples – convicted where there is no more than the testimony of the claimant (the correct term, as opposed to “victim”).  In fact, in many case, and especially when the case is an historical case, there is no evidence that any crime was even committed.  There is no broken window to show the vandalism; no missing car to show the theft; no burning building to show the arson; and no body or huge amount of bloody to show a murder.  There’s nothing.

So people can be facing a trial that not only are they not guilty of, but one that never even happened.  However, it is important to remember that FASO does not deny in any way that abuse does happen.  Quiet the opposite, in fact.  It worries us greatly that whilst the police waste their time entertaining yet another liar’s fantasy. there are other real victims who need their help.

We are supposed to live in a society that shares in a belief that all children should be protected from harm.  But we are also supposed to be able to rely on the idea of being treated as “innocent until PROVEN guilty”.  But in reality…this simply isn’t the case.

So, here’s an image to have some thought over.  Match up the 4 terms with the 4 statements.  Share your thoughts on what it might say not just about the issues of false allegations, but also how they work in hand with child protection.  Remember, FASO believe in the support of ALL genuine victims of these terrible crimes against people of all ages.


2014 Miscarriage of Justice Day Public Meeting

AUGUST 7, 2014

The 13th National Miscarriage of Justice Day returns to it’s roots in Liverpool.

Saturday 11th October 2014

Liverpool John Moores University have kindly agreed to host the event in their John Foster Building.

John Foster Building,
80-90 Mount Pleasant,
L3 5UZ

All workshops and meetings are free and open to everyone opposed to miscarriages of justice. Donations to UAI welcome, to help cover costs. The following details will be updated as further confirmations become available, so please check back frequently and help raise awareness of the event in any way you can. A printable flyer will be available shortly when details are finalised.

10:00 Doors open 10:30 Morning Workshops begin
Starting an New Group
Documents and Disclosure
CCRC applications (CCRC representatives will be present)

13:00 Lunch Interval
A 1 hour related documentary will be shown while we break for teas, coffees, snacks and cakes.

14:00 Speakers confirmed so far include :-

Ashleigh Towers
Ashleigh Towers

Ashleigh Towers – Ashleigh campaigns on behalf of her brother Jordan Towers wrongly convicted under Joint Enterprise for murder, for the past 7 years working hard to keep Jordan’s case alive in the system. His case is currently under review for a second time with the CCRC, due to her hard efforts a BBC documentary has been commissioned on Jordan’s case as a result of which a follow up documentary regarding police interviews in JE cases. Ashleigh also lobbied the Government on the yourGov website in relation to Joint Enterprise which played a crucial part in Lord Ouseley raising the subject with Parliament which in effect played a significant role in the justice select committee coming together to debate the Joint Enterprise doctrine. You can read about Jordan’s case here – http://justice4jordan.wronglyaccusedperson.org.uk/

Carol Toal

Carol Toal – Carol Toal will be speaking about her son’s case. Sean Toal was convicted of a murder in which all of the forensic evidence points to another identifiable individual. Most people will agree that providing the evidence is sufficient, credible, strong enough, and independently corroborated, the passage of time shouldn’t interfere with someone being brought to justice if they’ve committed a crime – the same should apply when exculpatory evidence is discovered post conviction in securing the release of an innocent person, particularly when that same evidence strongly suggests the identity of the actual perpetrator. The passage of time isn’t a good reason to exclude evidence from appeal. Sean’s case is currently being reviewed by the SCCRC. http://justice4sean.wronglyaccusedperson.org.uk/

Daniel Macarthur

Daniel Macarthur – With the new Hillsborough inquest underway and unlikely to be concluded until next year, his talk will by necessity be restricted to the campaigning aspect of seeking justice for the 96 and the hardships and difficulties faced along the way. United Against Injustice would like to extend a hand of solidarity with the families and friends of the 96 as they endure this, hopefully just and final, quest for the truth.

Ross Patel

Ross Patel -Mr Patel is a technology forensic consultant listed on the ‘UK Register of Expert Witnesses’ (Law Society / Sweet & Maxwell) and vetted member of the ‘Expert Witness Institute’ (EWI) and ‘Academy of Experts’ (AoE), specialising in the analysis of computing and data storage evidence. He is the inventor of the CELL ANALYST; a revolutionary toolkit for telecommunication investigations across GSM/UMTS infrastructures, as used by a number of leading analysts throughout the UK and Europe for advanced cell site analysis investigations, surveys and mapping. His area of expertise is extensively used in various investigations today, in particular Joint Enterprise, fraud, conspiracy etc. You can read more about him here – http://afentisdigitalforensics.blogspot.co.uk/p/about.html

CCRC Representative (Name and position to be confirmed) A representative from the CCRC will also speak in the afternoon session. Further details to be confirmed shortly.

Inquest – Inquest will be sending a representative to speak in the afternoon session at this year’s meeting. This will bring unity between different forms of injustice, talking about the similarities in difficulties faced which will help demonstrate the systemic nature of these problems. They’ll also bring to the table their experience in getting public figures and authorities on board, which will hopefully help you understand how to expand the circle of support for your own causes.

More precise information will be available shortly due to annual leave.

Student Innocence Projects – The Innocence Network UK has stopped operating as a network and providing services to student innocence projects. There are still however many innocence projects across the country who intend to carry on. A student will talk of the future of those projects and how they intend to carry on providing a new, hopefully improved, service. Dr Andrew Green has written on the subject here – UK Innocence Projects: a bright future
Further speakers to add when confirmed.

5:00 Meeting concludes followed by some light entertainment in a more social setting.

Miscarriage of Justice Day Evening Entertainment

The Casa Bar, which is where the first ever meeting to discuss the formation of United Against Injustice, has been secured as a venue for entertainment after this year’s Miscarriage of Justice Day meeting on October 11th. The Casa Bar is just yards away from the LJMU John Foster Building.

The Casa Bar, 29 Hope St, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 9BQ

MC Graham Robinson
Joy France
Louise Fazackerly
Dave Gilbey
Alison Down

If you’d like to take the mic, or have someone read one of your pieces for you, please contact Graham Robinson or Joy France (links are facebook pages). Alternatively, you can email Billy Middleton (admin@wronglyaccusedperson.org.uk) and he will forward them your information.