Posts tagged with  " investigative practice "

In grateful memory of the late Richard Webster

December 8, 2018:

Richard Webster was an investigative journalist, well loved by FACT members, who died in 2011 aged 60. Our chairman has written this tribute which is particularly pertinent as our 20th Anniversary approaches. Richard researched and wrote about many of the issues central to FACT’s work, he was very far sighted and I believe decades ahead […]

Although ‘Nick’ has been charged, the justice system continues to fail the innocent

‘Nick’ alleged that he had been sexually abused by a number of VIPs including Ted Heath; Leon Brittan, Lord Bramall and Harvey Proctor. His real name has now been made public, he is Carl Beech. His allegations lead to the £2.5 million pound heavily criticized investigation by the Met Police known as Operation Midland. The […]

Paul Gambaccini wins damages from the Crown Prosecution Service

November 5, 2018:

It’s not often that there is good news for those who have been wrongfully accused of sexual abuse. The suffering of the victims of wrongful allegations is well documented in the Oxford University study, ‘The Impact of Being Wrongly Accused of Abuse in Occupations of Trust: Victims’ Voices‘ One member who was arrested on suspicion […]

Justice Select Committee Reports on Disclosure Failings

July 21, 2018:

The wrongfully accused may feel heartened by two items of good news in the last week. First there was Judge Mann’s judgement in favour of Cliff Richard who had his reputation, health and income trashed by the actions of the BBC. You can read Simon Warr’s views on this judgement here. Secondly the Justice Select […]

Member of our advisory group makes submission to Justice Committee ‘Inquiry on Disclosure of Evidence’

July 15, 2018:

Chris Saltrese is a solicitor specialising in the defence of those accused of sexual offences. He is a member of our advisory group. He has submitted written evidence to the Justice Committee ‘Inquiry on Disclosure of Evidence’. The full submission is available here. The following are extracts from his submission summarising the problem and his […]

The Tyranny of Rape Myths Dogma

July 9, 2018:

This article is by Peter Joyce, one of our members from New Zealand who was wrongfully accused of raping a child. He wrote about his experience in a book titled ‘Dry Ice’. You can download the article as a PDF file, or continue reading below. “No no no!” said my lawyer, as if it would […]

“Victims” may no longer be automatically believed by the police

April 29, 2018:

Many FACT members have been deeply hurt by the police policy of “believing the victim”. Someone facing a wrongful allegation of abuse may well feel that they start at a serious disadvantage when the “victim’s” account is automatically believed. They are dismayed to find that the normal presumption of innocence is reversed and they are […]

An opportunity to submit evidence concerning disclosure failures

February 28, 2018:

Thanks to Dr Ros Burnett, Oxford University Criminology Department, for bringing the following news items to our attention Some FACT members have suffered injustice due to failures of disclosure. We now have a very welcome opportunity to submit evidence to the Justice Committee. We believe that contrary to the view previously expressed by the DPP […]

Trawling and Trickery

The following is a blog from Simon Warr reproduced with his kind permission. Simon was himself the victim of false allegations of child abuse and his horrific experience is described in his book Presumed Guilty. Although there is mounting public concern about disclosure failures by police and prosecutors – especially when allegations of a sexual […]

FACTion, Winter 2017-18 now available

February 19, 2018:

Our latest edition of FACTion is available here This issue has articles on a university innocence project, the new All Party Parliamentary Group on Miscarriages of Justice, the results of FACT’s questionnaire on coping strategies used by the falsely accused and one peron’s experience of being wrongly accused. There is an article reviewing 20 years […]

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