Libertarian Alliance on Barry George
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Release Date: Saturday 2nd August 2008
Release Time: Immediate
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Barry George: An Innocent Man Free at Last
The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties
policy institute, welcomes the acquittal of Barry George after his
retrial for murder.
[Note for overseas readers: Barry George was found guilty in 2001 for the
murder in 1999 of the television presenter Jill Dando. He always
maintained his innocence. In 2007, the Court of Appeal quashed his
conviction and ordered a retrial. This ended on the 1st August 2008 with
The Libertarian Alliance published two of the key documents used by
campaigners to obtain the retrial:
Robert Henderson, Barry George and the Celebrity Effect: A Miscarriage of
Justice in the Making, Legal Notes No. 37, 2001
Scott Lomax, Trial and Error: The Case of Barry George, Legal Notes No.
Libertarian Alliance Director, Dr Sean Gabb, says:
"We welcome this acquittal. It shows that the criminal justice system in
this country is not wholly useless. Indeed, since Mr George would
probably never have been allowed a retrial in most other countries, we
can say that we still have one of the best criminal justice systems in
"This being said, an innocent man has had nine years of his life taken
away. The remainder of his life may be passed in the shadow of these past
nine years. He can be given financial compensation. He cannot be given
his life back.
"His conviction in 2001 was not an ordinary mistake. The authorities were
under pressure to find the killer of Jill Dando. Not being able to find
the real killer, they seem to have conspired to get an innocent man
convicted. If so, several police officers and several lawyers at the
Crown Prosecution Service are guilty of a dereliction of duty amounting
"We call on the Home Office to begin an immediate enquiry into what
happened. If criminal acts were committed by the relevant police officers
and lawyers at the Crown Prosecution Service, we call for criminal
prosecutions. If there was wrongdoing that falls short of the criminal,
we call for the names and photographs of the persons concerned to be
published, and for these persons to be dismissed from government service
and to suffer the greatest disadvantages with regard to their pensions
allowed by law."
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Note(s) to Editors
Robert Henderson is the author of Barry George and the Celebrity Effect:
A Miscarriage of Justice in the Making, Libertarian Alliance, Legal Notes
No. 37, 2001. He can be reached on 020 7 387 5018 or at
Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. His latest
book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England,
and How to Get It Back, may be downloaded for free from
http://tinyurl.com/34e2o3. It may also be bought. His other books are
available from Hampden Press at http://www.hampdenpress.co.uk.
He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at
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