Miscarriage of Justice Day 2011

September 22, 2011

Miscarriage of Justice Day Annual Conference
Saturday, 8 October 2011
10 am – 5 pm, Birmingham

Workshops and Speakers include:

Paddy Joe Hill, Birmingham Six
Michelle Diskin, sister of Barry George (wrongly convicted of the murder of Jill Dando)
Joint Enterprise: Not Guilty by Association (JENGbA)
Dr Michael Naughton, founder of Bristol University Innocence Project and the Innocence Network UK
Sam Raincock, Cell Site Analysis expert

Venue: Arches Project, Adderley Street, Birmingham, B9 4EE

No charge, no need to book – just come along.
Everyone opposed to miscarriages of justice welcome.

Full programme at: www.unitedagainstinjustice.org.uk

Launch of Joint Enterprise Not Guilty By Association 20.9.10, Liverpool

September 14, 2010

On the 20th Setember 2010 a new group entitled JOINT ENTERPRISE NOT GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION will be launched in Liverpool. To mark this day 140 balloons for those wrongly convicted by this law will be launched ….. all are welcome!

2.00 pm – outside the Liver Building: meeting and balloon launch
Pier Head
Liverpool
Merseyside
L3 1HT

6.00-10.00 pm – Conference
Friend’s Meeting House
22 School Lane
Liverpool
L1 3BT
(Directions)

JOINT ENTERPRISE: NOT GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION is a campaigning organisation that will highlight such cases where the joint enterprise law has been applied and those convicted are stating they are not guilty of the index offence. We have been contacted by many families and hundreds of prisoners alerting that they are serving lengthy sentences (life for knife crime is minimum 25 year tariff and prisoners will always serve longer than the minimum tariff) for something they did not do, could not have foreseen, did not have the intention to do, and indeed in many cases tried to prevent from happening. JOINT ENTERPRISE: NOT GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION will campaign on behalf of, and with those wrongfully convicted.

JOINT ENTERPRISE NOT GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION is supported by INNOCENT, LONDON AGAINST INJUSTICE and is a member of UNITED AGAINST INJUSTICE

EMAIL: JOINTENTERPRISEINFO@GMAIL.COM
PHONE: 0770 911 5793

How do you grade murder? Radio 5 Live 08.09.10

September 14, 2010

The Director of Public prosecutions wants a distinction between first-degree and second-degree murder in England and Wales. Keir Starmer thinks people should get an automatic life sentence for first degree murder. But he also wants a second degree charge – where the sentence would be up to the judge. His predecessor, Sir Ken MacDonald, says it would be particularly helpful in cases involving what is known as joint enterprise, often used to deal with gang-related murder.

Nicky Campbell’s guests include Julian Weinberg, a criminal defence lawyer, and Janet Cunliffe. Janet’s son Jordan was the youngest of the trio found guilty of the murder of Gary Newlove outside his home in Cheshire in 2007. He was convicted under the law of joint enterprise, which enables entire groups of people to be convicted of murder despite the different roles they may have played in the killing.

Listen to the Radio 5 Live Programme

Joint Enterprise – Not Guilty by Association Press Release 8.9.10

September 11, 2010

JOINT ENTERPRISE: NOT GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION is a campaigning organisation that will highlight such cases where joint enterprise law has been applied and those convicted are stating they are not guilty of the index offence.

Changes in the law relating to murder were proposed today as a solution to problems caused by murder convictions under the joint enterprise law. But these changes will do nothing to prevent or rectify the conviction of innocent people through use of this law.

Read Joint Enteprise – Not Guilty by Association’s full response in the press release below.

Download Joint Enterprise – Not Guilty By Association Press Release

2010 Miscarriage of Justice Day Conference, 9th October, London

August 20, 2010

London Against Injustice is hosting the 2010 Miscarriage of Justice Day Conference on 9th October 2010, at Dragon Hall, Covent Garden, London.

The programme of speakers and events can be found at 2010 Miscarriage of Justice Conference Programme

Click here for London Against Injustice’s website

Will Labour Party Leadership review Joint Enterprise Law?

August 15, 2010

The Howard League hosted a joint hustings for the Labour Party Leadership on 21 July 2010 at Islington Town Hall.

The question of reviewing the joint enterprise law was presented to Diane Abbott, Ed Balls, Ed Milliband, David Milliband and Hazel Blears (standing in for Andy Burnham). Listen to their answers on the recording below (Note: Ed Balls’ answer was not recorded).

Joint Enterprise Question at Labour Hustings 2010

Howard League Hustings

Meeting in Liverpool on Joint Enterprise – 10 August 2010

August 9, 2010

There will be an informal meeting on Tuesday, 10th August at 7pm at the Head of Steam, Lime Street Station, Liverpool, for anyone who has been affected by the injustice of the Joint Enterprise Law. It’s a public meeting and everyone will be made welcome.

Enquiries: jointenterpriseinfo@gmail.com

Diane Abbott MP says “Time to review police use of ‘joint enterprise’

July 31, 2010

Diane Abbott MP has expressed her concerns about the use of the joint enterprise law in her article on the Guardian website. We truly welcome Diane’s contribution to the debate, as so many people including MP’s are unaware of the miscarriages of justice this law is causing.

The question now is what are MP’s plans for much needed and urgent reform of this law?

Read Diane Abbott’s article by clicking the link below. Please join in the debate by adding a comment on the Guardian website.

Guardian.co.uk – Time to review police use of ‘joint enterprise’

Ann Craven Obituary

July 31, 2010

Ann Craven INNOCENT

Ann Craven Obituary

London Against Injustice would like to pay tribute to Ann Craven, who was Chair of INNOCENT for more than twelve years, and died on 13 June 2010 of cancer, following a short period of illness. Although she never sought prominence for herself, she had become well known amongst those serving prison sentences for crimes they had not committed, as well as their families and supporters.

Ann joined INNOCENT after her son had been wrongly convicted of rape. After he was exonerated and his conviction overturned, Ann devoted a large part of her life to helping others who were experiencing the devastating effects of wrongful convictions which she and her son knew at first hand. She would say: “It’s not just the people in prison who serve the sentences in miscarriage of justice cases – it’s the families too whose lives are on hold until the convictions are overturned.”

She became the second Chair of INNOCENT and held the organisation together for many years, so that it is now expanding and has a secure future (since, unfortunately, there are ever more miscarriage of justice cases needing its help). She co-founded United Against Injustice (UAI), the national umbrella organisation for groups like INNOCENT, and her commitment helped to make possible the successful series of annual public meetings and workshops through which UAI has raised the profile of the problem of miscarriages of justice.

She will be remembered for the direct support, encouragement and practical advice that she gave to many victims of miscarriages of justice and their families. She gave her time willingly to researching cases, making contacts and visiting prisoners.

She inspired and energised her friends and fellow campaigners by drawing on her fierce hatred of injustice and the destructive effects of the incompetence and corruption of the police and the legal system. Those of us who had the good fortune to know her well will miss her sound and practical advice and her sense of humour.

She leaves her husband, Alfred, who supported her unstintingly in her work and who shares her hatred of injustice.

Steven Gray, Spokesperson for United Against Injustice, said: “Ann Craven’s death is a huge loss as she was a campaigner for many years, a true fighter for miscarriages and to many a close and wonderful friend. I’m sure our thoughts are with her family and loved ones at this time. We will miss you Ann and we shall carry on fighting in your name……”

INNOCENT

Repealing Unnecessary Laws – Abolish/Amend Joint Enterprise Law

July 24, 2010

The new coalition government has set up a website where people can vote for laws that they want to see changed or abolished. If you disagree with the joint enterprise law, please leave your comments on the page at the link below. Nick Clegg reads these comments and it would be good to show we disagree with this law and want it changed.

Your Freedom – Abolish/Amend Joint Enterprise Law