Monday, 4 June 2018

Jeremy Thorp trial in the era of Lord Denning's "appalling vista" construct regarding the Birmingham Six conviction

Those shocked at the one sided nature of the judge’s rulings in the Jeremy Thorp trial in 1979, should remember that this was the era when the establishment could do no wrong.
A year after the Thorp judgement (1980) Lord Denning was denying the Birmingham Six’s appeal declaring: “If they won, it would mean that the police were guilty of perjury; that they were guilty of violence and threats; that the confessions were involuntary and improperly admitted in evidence; and that the convictions were erroneous. ... That was such an appalling vista that every sensible person would say, "It cannot be right that these actions should go any further.”

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