More doubts about the Jeremy Bamber conviction

Ballistics experts raise doubts as to whether the much-disputed silencer was ever used – report in The Guardian, and a video reviewing the case a year ago. I said something about this case in my piece on the Troy Davis execution last year. Bamber recently lost his appeal against the ‘full life’ sentence, so it appears that only an overturning of the conviction could lead to his release. There remain serious doubts, not only about the silencer but also about the conduct of the Essex police. Even the policeman in the video agrees the investigation was ‘badly handled’ though he maintains the right result came anyway. A full review seems essential. Another BBC report provides some recent background.

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