LA News Release, Barry George: An Innocent Man Free at Last, 2nd August 2008
NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE
In Association with the Libertarian International
Release Date: Saturday 2nd August 2008
Release Time: Immediate
Dr Sean Gabb on 07956 472 199 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Barry George: An Innocent Man Free at Last
The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties policy institute, welcomes the acquittal of Barry George after his retrial for murder.
[Note for overseas readers: Barry George was found guilty in 2001 for the murder in 1999 of the television presenter Jill Dando. He always maintained his innocence. In 2007, the Court of Appeal quashed his conviction and ordered a retrial. This ended on the 1st August 2008 with an acquittal.]
The Libertarian Alliance published two of the key documents used by campaigners to obtain the retrial:
Robert Henderson, Barry George and the Celebrity Effect: A Miscarriage of Justice in the Making, Legal Notes No. 37, 2001
Scott Lomax, Trial and Error: The Case of Barry George, Legal Notes No. 40, 2003
Libertarian Alliance Director, Dr Sean Gabb, says:
"We welcome this acquittal. It shows that the criminal justice system in this country is not wholly useless. Indeed, since Mr George would probably never have been allowed a retrial in most other countries, we can say that we still have one of the best criminal justice systems in the world.
"This being said, an innocent man has had nine years of his life taken away. The remainder of his life may be passed in the shadow of these past nine years. He can be given financial compensation. He cannot be given his life back.
"His conviction in 2001 was not an ordinary mistake. The authorities were under pressure to find the killer of Jill Dando. Not being able to find the real killer, they seem to have conspired to get an innocent man convicted. If so, several police officers and several lawyers at the Crown Prosecution Service are guilty of a dereliction of duty amounting to corruption.
"We call on the Home Office to begin an immediate enquiry into what happened. If criminal acts were committed by the relevant police officers and lawyers at the Crown Prosecution Service, we call for criminal prosecutions. If there was wrongdoing that falls short of the criminal, we call for the names and photographs of the persons concerned to be published, and for these persons to be dismissed from government service and to suffer the greatest disadvantages with regard to their pensions allowed by law."
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