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#276633 - 17th Dec 2008 11:02pm Michael Shields can be pardoned by Jack Straw
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MICHAEL Shields can be legally pardoned and freed by Jack Straw, the High Court ruled today.

The landmark decision was announced by Londonís Royal Court of Justice this afternoon following a hearing on December 4.

It is understood that the Justice Secretary will not appeal the decision made by the court, and will now start the process for a review of the case.

It is an embarrassing twist for the justice secretary, who has repeatedly insisted he does not have the power pardon or free the Edge Hill engineering student.

Now campaigners will crank up the pressure on Mr Straw to release the Liverpool F.C. fan who is set to be moved to an open prison.

City Labour leader Joe Anderson and MP Louise Ellman were gathered with Michaelís parents Michael and Marie, and sisters Laura and Melissa, at the Shields family home in Towerlands St as the News emerged.

Previously, barristers representing Mr Straw had argued the government cannot give Michael a pardon without re-examining the judgements in a Bulgarian court.

And they insisted Mr Straw was forbidden from doing that under the terms of the international convention for prisoner transfer, used to return Shields to the UK.

It was also announced earlier this month that Michael will be transferred from Haverigg prison in Cumbria, where he is currently behind bars, to an open jail.

During the earlier court hearing more than 50 members of Michaelís family and friends, city Labour leader Joe Anderson and MP Louise Ellman, heard details of new evidence allegedly underlining Michaelís innocence.

His barrister Peter Weatherby listed evidence which previous appeal courts in Bulgaria were unable to hear.

Lord Justice May also suggested repatriated prisoners were ďin a distinctly worse positionĒ than those convicted in the UK, because Mr Strawís legal team argued subsequent evidence proving their innocence cannot be considered.


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#276821 - 18th Dec 2008 7:17pm Re: Michael Shields can be pardoned by Jack Straw [Re: ]
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Im having to really try hard not to get on my soapbox here....I could get myself in trouble!
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#276831 - 18th Dec 2008 7:29pm Re: Michael Shields can be pardoned by Jack Straw [Re: Beemertastic]
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about what? you reckon guilty or not guilty?
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#276852 - 18th Dec 2008 7:51pm Re: Michael Shields can be pardoned by Jack Straw [Re: Sir_longmong]
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We are not privvy to all the evidence. The good old British "you are innocent until blah blah" sketch must prevail. BUT.....and it's a BIG BUT, I can't help thinking that if you can get enough people to make a big enough noise on your behalf, even if guilty, you are in with a chance of getting off.

From what I seen (not a lot up here in Scotland) on the box, I'm not impressed with all the hoo-hah from friends, relatives etc.

The words Dewsbury Moor still linger.

Stepping into my asbestos suit and diving behind sofa !!

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#276890 - 18th Dec 2008 9:52pm Re: Michael Shields can be pardoned by Jack Straw [Re: ]
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We are not privvy to all the evidence. The good old British "you are innocent until blah blah" sketch must prevail. BUT.....and it's a BIG BUT, I can't help thinking that if you can get enough people to make a big enough noise on your behalf, even if guilty, you are in with a chance of getting off.

From what I seen (not a lot up here in Scotland) on the box, I'm not impressed with all the hoo-hah from friends, relatives etc.

The words Dewsbury Moor still linger.

Stepping into my asbestos suit and diving behind sofa !!
withthat I think it looks like a whole load of bandwagon jumping. A lot of noise, a load of people on TV saying he wouldnt do that sort of thing although I bet half of them have never met him, a witness coming forward that could not be prosecuted, LFC warming up in "free Shields now" tops (didnt Robbie Fowler get f#cked over for displaying a political message?

Just not convinced he is so innocent really
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