FAILURE BY DPP TO DISCLOSE: A MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE?

A recent trial in the Circuit Court collapsed because the DPP had not revealed to the defence before the trial that expert witnesses for the prosecution had passed emails between themselves. The judge said that while there was generally no difficulty with expert witnesses contacting each other the defence must be told about it. The …

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NO GARDA TRAINING IN SEXUAL CASES – SO SPINS GRA

The recent admission by the Garda Representative Association (GRA) that gardaí are not trained to properly police the State, particularly sexual offences is truly shocking. This means that thousands of men have been convicted – often on uncorroborated evidence – and imprisoned – often for decades – in cases where the investigations were carried out …

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STEPHEN KERSHAW AND “DEADLY SILENCE” FROM ONE IN FOUR REVISITED

It is a year since Stephen Kershaw told the world that, after making a statement in 2008 (which contradicted one made in 2000) in the offices of One in Four, he asked the detective taking the statement whether the detective believed him. Stephen Kershaw claimed that the detective replied “of course” he believed him. One …

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