LA News Release, Barry George: An Innocent Man Free at Last, 2nd August 2008

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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE
In Association with the Libertarian International

Release Date: Saturday 2nd August 2008
Release Time: Immediate

Contact Details:
Dr Sean Gabb on 07956 472 199 or via sean@libertarian.co.uk

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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Note(s) to Editors

Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. He is the author of ten novels and ten other books, plus about a million words of journalism. He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at sean@libertarian.co.uk

His latest novel, The Break, has been nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

His recent book, Freedom of Speech in England: Its Present State and Likely Prospects, is a defence of freedom of speech without exceptions. 

Or his book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get It Back, explains how its current ruling class has turned England into a totalitarian police state, and how this ruling class can be overthrown and utterly destroyed.

Or another of his books, Smoking, Class and the Legitimation of Power, explains how the current "war" on smoking has nothing to do with making individuals healthy, but everything to do with enhancing the power of a totalitarian ruling class, and enriching its relevant client groups.

You can see other books by Sean Gabb here.

Extended Contact Details

The Libertarian Alliance is Britain's most radical free market and civil liberties policy institute. It has published over 800 articles, pamphlets and books in support of freedom and against statism in all its forms. These are freely available at http://www.libertarian.co.uk

Our postal address is

The Libertarian Alliance
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