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Media Highlights of 2015

(Posted on 18/12/15)

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Media Highlights of 2015

January:

JURY FOREMAN: ‘SERIAL KILLER’ IS INNOCENT.

A second member of the 2008 jury that found Colin Norris guilty of the murder of four elderly women, comes forward to ask that the conviction be overturned. 

March:

CCRC “TIMID” AND UNDERFUNDED.

The House of Commons Justice Committee says the CCRC needs to be bolder in its approach and is "struggling to cope" with an increased workload after funding cuts of 30%.

April:

GUILTY BY A HAIR

The [US] government identifies almost 3,000 cases in which FBI agents may have given testimony involving the now-discredited [hair comparison] technique. 

June:

HALLAM AND NEALON LOSE HIGH COURT ACTIONS

Two men who served long sentences before their convictions were overturned lose High Court actions in their fight for compensation. 

KEVIN LANE LOSES APPEAL 

Kevin Lane, now released on license, loses his appeal against conviction for the 1994 murder of a car dealer.

October:

CCRC REFERS CHED EVANS TO COURT OF APPEAL

The CCRC refers former footballer Ched Evans’ 2012 rape conviction to the Court of Appeal. An earlier application to appeal was refused in November 2012.

BRITAIN'S FINAL GUANTANAMO DETAINEE FLOWN HOME

Shaker Aamer is reunited with his family after 14 years’ imprisonment without charge, including solitary confinement and possible torture.

November:

CCRC TO REVIEW KEVIN NUNN CASE

The CCRC is to review the 2006 conviction of Kevin Nunn for the murder of his girlfriend. Forensic Science Service files and Crown Court files have been obtained, and the commission is to consider new forensic testing following scientists’ recommendations.

LA: LUIS LORENZO VARGAS FREE

A man is exonerated after spending 16 years in a US jail because he had the same teardrop tattoo as a serial rapist.

December:

PISTORIUS GUILTY OF MURDER

An Appeal Court sets aside Oscar Pistorius’ conviction for culpable homicide and finds him guilty of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.