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The wrongful imprisonment of the Guildford Four: Who bears the blame?

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posted on 2021-11-14, 02:05 authored by Schoeller-Burke, Tara

This paper discusses the wrongful imprisonment of the Guildford Four, and the reasons why this miscarriage of justice occurred. Contrary to popular opinion that the injustice arose due to police malpractice, this paper will conclude that the blame lies primarily with the judiciary for failing to reverse the 1975 decision even in the face of what seemed to be insurmountable contradictory evidence. This paper analyses the role each branch of government played, as well as discussing the role of public perceptions and societal fears of the time.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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LL.B. (Honours)

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970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies

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School of Law