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Vol 21 No 11 Nov/Dec 2016

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Stephen Ward Was Innocent, OK: The Case for Overturning his Conviction


ISBN13: 9781849546904
Published: December 2013
Publisher: Biteback Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £12.99



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In the summer of 1961 John Profumo, Minister for War, enjoyed a brief affair with Christine Keeler...Late in the afternoon of Wednesday 31 July 1963, Dr Stephen Ward was convicted at the Old Bailey on two counts alleging that he lived on the earnings of a prostitute.

He was not in the dock but comatose in hospital. The previous night he had attempted suicide, because (as he said in a note) 'after Marshall's [the judge's] summing up, I've given up all hope'. He died on Saturday 3 August, without regaining consciousness.

Many observers of the proceedings thought the convictions did not reflect the evidence and that the trial was unfair, and this book will show that it breached basic standards of justice. Geoffrey Robertson brings his forensic skills and a deeply felt sense of injustice to the case at the heart of the Profumo affair, the notorious scandal that brought down a government.

Subjects:
Legal History
Contents:
Preface
How to Quash an Old Conviction
Backstory
Hunting Up Evidence
The Trial of Steven Ward
Grounds of Appeal
Over to the CCRC
Notes on Sources
Brief Chronology
Appendix A: Statement by Sir David Tudor-Price
Appendix B: Lord Goodman's Opinion
Appendix C: Bernard Levin on Ward's Trial
Appendix D: Questions to the House of Lords, 18 July 2013