news round-up 22.12.17
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Miscarriages of Justice and Destroyed Evidence - Are Austerity Cuts Killing Forensic Science?
The closure of the Forensic Science Service and budget cuts have significantly affected standards of forensic science and impacted on justice, according to a TV report with contributions from Inside Justice Advisory Panel members Tracy Alexander and Professor Denise Syndercombe-Court.
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Rape trial collapse prompts 'urgent review'
Proceedings against Liam Allan were halted at Croydon Crown Court last week after it emerged that police had belatedly disclosed phone messages between the complainant and her friends that threw the case into doubt, the Guardian reported.
In the Times, prosecuting barrister and former Conservative MP Jerry Hayes described it as “the most appalling failure of disclosure”.
“I can’t explain the mental torture of the past two years," Criminology student Allan said after the case was dismissed. "I feel betrayed by the system which I had believed would do the right thing – the system I want to work in.”
A second rape trial has now been halted involving the same investigating officer as Mr Allan's case. The officer remains on full duty with the Met.
Government to address racial bias in justice system
Prosecutions in London could be dropped or deferred as ministers respond to David Lammy report on legal treatment of BAME people.