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Kevin Callan's Story Paperback – 2 Apr 1998
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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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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.Read more ›