Error of Judgement: the Birmingham Bombings Hardcover – 17 Jul 1986
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The truth about the Birmingham Bombings - the story of how six innocent men were convicted of the biggest murder in British history. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Mullins book is meticulous and honest on where it all went wrong (especially at the trial) for the six accused. His subsequent involvement in tracking down the real perpetrators as well as challenging the forensic evidence is the stuff of which the late Ludovic Kennedy would have been envious in righting a wrong trial decision. As is known the final successful end was the concerns over the forensic evidence (versus how confessions were obtained) finally achieved the release of the falsely accused six many years later.
What hit me most on re-reading the book in 2010 was first that it was the West Midland police force who were later the subject of endless subsequent enquiries over other questionable investigations they had been involved in, who were the key persons driven by the faulty forensic evidence that started the whole error of judgement rolling. In turn a judiciary whose application of objectivity in various judgements versus pragmatic decisions as to what was right for UK society sadly reflects more recent concerns over the role of the Courts in cases of personal liberty.Read more ›
Mullins drew a lot of flack at the time for 'sympathising with the bombers'. Well, it turned out that he was right. The confessions were forcibly obtained and the crucial Griess tests were flawed.
We were all outraged at these dreadful acts but, unfortunately the police allowed their outrage to cloud their objectivity and sense of justice. There really were no winners in this.
There can be little doubt that this book contributed greatly to the final appeal outcome. Books rarely manage to get results as dramatic as this. Perhaps only Ludovic Kennedy's '10 Rillington Place' can match this one for accomplishment.
A riveting read but not a bundle of laughs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
excellent expose of the injustice of the Birmingham Bombings. English justice and police shown up fpr what they are. Took years to pardon
the innocent men.
Complete fabrication from the first page to the end. 'Evidence' manipulated to fit with the story Mullen wanted. Very poorly written by a mediocre writer. Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2013 by Samantha, UK
A still barely believable uncovering of the extent to which the establishment closes ranks to defend the status quo.Published on 16 Oct. 2010 by Nicholas Tierney
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