Date: 2006-04-19 12:51:06
I can see why they have to bring this in, it is not to balance out the payments made to victims of crimes. It’s because there is a concerning ever increasing rise in the number of wrongly convicted victims, and now all these new terror laws that have come in to effect we will be seeing many many more miscarriages of justice on the British people… Clive ==++==++==++==++==++==++==++==++==++==++==++==++== Home Office to cut miscarriage of justice payouts Wed Apr 19, 2006 08:45 AM BST Source: go.reuters.co.uk/new… LONDON (Reuters) – Plans to reduce the compensation paid to those wrongly convicted of crime will be announced by the Home Office on Wednesday, as the government looks to make the victims of crime a priority. The BBC reported that under the new rules, anyone who wins their appeal at the first attempt will receive no compensation. Anyone who spends years in prison will receive money but the amount will be capped. Home Secretary Charles Clarke will announce the changes on Wednesday in a bid to address concerns that victims of crime receive less than those who are wrongly convicted of a crime. Under the new rules, Angela Cannings, who served 18 months in jail after being wrongly convicted of killing her two sons, would receive no compensation as she won her case at the first appeal. Her solicitor, Bill Bache, told BBC Radio on Wednesday he was very concerned by the plan as it did not recognise the impact miscarriages of justice have on people’s lives. “I’m rather dismayed,” he said. “It seems to me that an innocent victim of a crime quite plainly should receive compensation and I applaud the initiative to increase those. “But I do not think that should be at the expense of equally innocent victims of failures in the judicial and justice system. “Anybody who is a completely innocent person who has been swept up into the nightmare of the judicial criminal system and who has suffered a wrongful conviction at the end of it (is) just as much a victim as the victim of a mugger in the street. “They are just as entitled to compensation.” © Reuters 2006. All Rights Reserved. avast! Antivirus: Outbound message clean. Virus Database (VPS): 0616-2, 18/04/2006Tested on: 4/19/2006 12:51:14avast! – copyright (c) 2000-2004 ALWIL Software.