Great Excuse, Can We Use It In Other Situations?

Cheshire police said that while they were “concerned” at the wrongful jailing of Paul Blackburn, who was convicted as a teenager in 1978 for the attempted murder and sexual assault of a young boy, no apology was needed as procedures at the time of the investigation were “very different”.

“A posthumous pardon for Sir Alan Turing? Why, no. The procedures were different then.”

I mean, surely that’s the logical implication, isn’t it? Or does logic play no part in anything any more?

When asked about Keene’s view, assistant chief constable Matt Burton said the Cheshire police would not do so, despite accepting the appeal court decisions.

Burton said the force was “satisfied that we do not need to reopen the investigation”, an apparent intimation they still believe Blackburn was responsible.

The court has ruled he isn’t, to the standard of proof required. Are you not an officer of the court?

3 comments for “Great Excuse, Can We Use It In Other Situations?

  1. Ed P
    January 22, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    That’s a new meaning for “Gone for a Burton”. What planet are these ridiculous Plods from?

    • January 26, 2020 at 6:59 am

      The Common Purpose galaxy. Sadly, not ‘far, far away’ enough…

  2. Voice of Reason
    January 22, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    We get a lot of this in the US, especially wrongful convictions of African-American males in the South.

    Even after exoneration, many have been tried repeatedly by the system.

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