Criminal Appeals: The Process

“Justice denied anywhere diminishes justice everywhere” Martin Luther King Jr For those who don’t know, I now work as a Crime and Appeals Caseworker at a law firm having completed my LPC. I really enjoy my job and it has taught me a lot, however, since starting I have found that there are many misconceptions about…

FBI Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive: Robert William Fisher

“Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal” Elizabeth Fry Name: Robert William Fisher Date of Birth: 13th April 1961 Sex: Male Height: 6’0” Build: Medium Weight: 190 pounds Eyes: Blue Occupation: Surgical Catheter Technician, Respiratory Therapist, Fireman Background Robert William Fisher was born on the 13th April 1961 in Brooklyn,…

Cold Case: Nikki Allan

“The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them” Lois McMaster Bujold Nikki Allan was only seven years old when her body was found in a derelict building on Wear Garth Estate in Sunderland. The little girl had been brutally attacked, she sustained injuries to her…

Michael Morton: 25 Years Behind Bars

“I’ve often felt how almost excruciatingly average we were, a chunk out of a demographic study: the house, the yard, the kid, the car. We had everything but the picket fence. It was good” Michael Morton By his own admission, Michael Morton had the perfect ordinary life; he lived in Texas where he had a home,…

A Double Homicide and 170 Years in Prison at Age 13

“In the USA, people under 18 years old cannot vote, buy alcohol, lottery tickets or consent to most forms of medical treatment but they can be sentenced to die in prison for their actions” Natacha Mension, Amnesty International  On the 18th August 1987 in Indianapolis, USA, two young boys, 15 year old Sean Lamont Rowe and…

Shaken Baby Syndrome

“Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is one of the few instances in the criminal justice system where the diagnosis is the basis for prosecution” Shaken Baby Syndrome is a serious brain injury caused by someone forcefully and violently shaking a baby. This is a form of child abuse which can lead to severe brain damage. SBS…