It’s Not Just Activists

Re-posted Bristling Badger blog by Merrick.Kennedy No intrusion
26 April 2015

Wrongful convictions, Kennedy, Drax – I.

In June 2008 a group of 29 climate activists stopped a coal train bound for Britain’s biggest source of carbon emissions, Drax power station. They were all convicted, but it was a miscarriage of justice as evidence had been withheld  from the defence – reports from one of the drivers, Mark Stone aka undercover police officer Mark Kennedy. The convictions were quashed last year.

Quite how many other wrongful convictions are being left to stand – hundreds? thousands? – is unknown. It’s worth noting that Mark Ellison QC’s report into it was projected to take a year and be published in March, yet we’ve still seen nothing, implying that it’s turned out to be a larger task than aniticipated. Continue reading