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article imageOp-Ed: Date set for Michael Stone’s Judicial Review hearing

By Alexander Baron     Jul 6, 2011 in Crime
London - An update on the case of Michael Stone, who was back in the news recently after the conviction of Levi Bellfield for the murder of 13 year old Amanda Dowler.
The man whom is claimed on compelling evidence to be Britain’s longest serving miscarriage of justice prisoner has another court date, not for an appeal but for an application for Judicial Review of the decision of the Criminal Cases Review Commission not to refer his conviction back to the Court of Appeal.
This application was supposed to be handled by Edward Fitzgerald QC, but he is unavailable as he is or soon will be in Trinidad to deal with one of a number of Privy Council cases. Although the West Indies were granted independence decades ago, Trinidad for example is still under British jurisdiction for certain legal matters. Unlike Britain, it retains the death penalty, but the final appeal in capital cases is to the Privy Council in London.
If murder were still capital in Britain, Stone would have been hanged twice, and on evidence that would be laughable if it were not so tragic. In this connection, the reader is invited to compare the non-evidence that was used to convict Stone of the 1996 Chillenden Murders, which can be found here, with the evidence that led to the acquittal earlier this week of Casey Anthony, which can be found here.
The Judicial Review is scheduled for July 19, or two Tuesdays hence as he told me when he phoned me Wednesday evening from Full Sutton High Security Prison. Although the hearing will be at the Court of Appeal in London, Stone will not be required to attend. His new QC – who shall remain nameless for the moment – is currently finishing off the application.
One of the issues raised will be that of further testing of the exhibits to obtain a DNA match that will rule out Stone, if not put Levi Bellfield in the frame. Kent Police have recently ruled out investigating Bellfield for the hammer murders of Dr Lin Russell and her daughter Megan, in spite of the striking similarities with the later murders of Marsha Mcdonnell and Amélie Delagrange. This refusal is an act of intransigence that should surprise no one considering the extraordinary lengths to which their brethren in the Met have gone in order to cover up the still unfolding phone hacking scandal.
Michael Stone can be contacted through the emailaprisoner service at Michael Stone (A5082AC).
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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