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Kevin Callan's Story Paperback – 2 Apr 1998

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks; New edition edition (2 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751518883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751518887
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,850,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`As one might expect, an angry book, with many unanswered questions' -- IRISH INDEPENDENT

`Moving' -- MAIL ON SUNDAY

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Format: Hardcover
Kevin’s account of his four-year struggle to prove his innocence was one of the most moving stories I have ever read. Read it and be very, very warned.

As I have said elsewhere, I cannot imagine a worse form of torture than to imprison an innocent man. It is truly the stuff of nightmares because it can happen to anyone. The torture, physical and mental, goes on not for hours, or weeks, but for years, four years in Kevin’s case. But Kevin was ‘lucky’ to only suffer four. There are many prisoners currently serving sentences in excess of twenty-five years who would have been out in ten, but they won’t admit their guilt – so they will never qualify for parole. Are they mad? Institutionalized; not wanting to face the outside world? Perhaps, but maybe, just maybe, some are innocent.

The Birmingham 6, Judith Ward, Stephan Kiszco, the Guildford 4, the Tottenham 3, Kevin, Michael O’Brien (see my review) and Sally Clarke, the list goes on. And still the ‘system’ must protect itself: no second bite of the cherry; the need for certainty and closure; the need to maintain public confidence in the police and judicial process. No! Mistakes do happen, experts do give flawed evidence, or evidence beyond their expertise. And such impressive and persuasive evidence easily persuades juries. Police powers and resources are relatively limitless when compared to the ordinary individual and can easily be used oppressively.

To see the present state of play, check out the Criminal Cases Review Commission’s (CCRC) website. The CCRC was set up in March 1997 by the Criminal Appeal Act 1995 in response to the Runcyman Commission’s report on miscarriages of justice. It tells us that since then it has received 18513 applications for review.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By angiemanchester@aol.com on 1 April 2002
Format: Hardcover
this story tells how many people should rate the justice system its a good example of the way many wrong people are in prison for crimes they did not commit please find time to read it. The story is very moving i would personally say its a 'must read' book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. M. Mcgee on 9 Sept. 2009
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I could not put this down and sat and read until I had finished. Nothing surprises me any more. Miscarriages of justice are still happening the Police and Health professionals ? have a lot to answer.Well done to Kevin.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Isherwood on 14 Jun. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book shows how an innocent man had to suffer at the hands of the British justice system. He is a very strong person who fought back and won. How many more people have not got the will to fight back? Is it not painful enough to suffer the death of a loved one without being thrown in jail wrongfully. Good for Kevin.
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