We know that celebrities usually have the finances to pay for the expensive services of top-class barristers, but what happens when an ordinary member of the public is accused and has no such resources?
From ‘The Justice Gap’ – an introduction to the Victor Nealon case, a grotesque miscarriage of justice.
The Independent reports that the Criminal Cases Review Commission is to be sued by a wrongly convicted man who spent 17 years in prison for attempted rape after DNA evidence proved he was innocent:
DJ Paul Gambaccini recently gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee after spending a year on police bail ‘when the case against him was groundless.’
Kentucky Retractor Suit Settles Are therapists still excavating memories in their patients? That’s a frequent question people ask the FMSF. The answer, unfortunately, is “Yes.”
A very comprehensive article by barrister Matthew Scott on whether or not those who make false allegations should be prosecuted.
A truly extraordinary story. Geoff Long was accused by his own daughter of sexually abusing her from the age of 8 until 16. Sentenced to 5 year’s imprisonment, his case seemed hopeless. Then his wife began to gather evidence that showed many of the claims against him were false, until…
Professor Christopher French provides a measured an illuminating commentary about the traumatic impact of historic sexual abuse allegations on the falsely accused. The article was originally published in the Guardian newspaper in 2009. Professor French is a member of the BFMS Advisory Board and a fellow of the British Psychological Society.
This article was first published in The Independent newspaper on 7 December 1995. It is worth re-visiting because it serves as a useful reminder of the harrowing experience of the falsely accused.
Another extraordinary case has recently surfaced after a woman received psychotherapy and then claimed she recalled being raped 40 years previously. The jury rejected her accusations after hearing more of the background facts and of the extensive nature of the therapy she had been given.