Friday, May 18, 2012

Barry George : Cleared Of Jill Dando Murder - Barry George In Court Fighting For Compensation

The 52-year-old, who spent eight years behind bars before being found not guilty by an Old Bailey jury in 2008, will be one of five lead cases to be heard at the High Court this autumn, a judge ruled today.
They will test who is now entitled to payments in "miscarriage of justice" cases following a landmark decision by the Supreme Court in May last year.
The ruling meant that victims of such miscarriages would be able to claim compensation if the new evidence that cleared them would have meant they never could have been convicted in the first place.
It redefined what constitutes a "miscarriage of justice" and expanded it from the current rule that someone must be completely exonerated by a court.
The definition is important because only cleared convicts who are deemed to have suffered a miscarriage of justice are entitled to a pay-out. more