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JOANNE DONNELLY is a Belfast based human rights activist and campaigner for the Justice for the Craigavon Two Campaign. The campaign previously chaired by Gerry Conlon (The Guildford 4) was established in 2012 to fight for justice for John Paul Wootton and Brendan McConville, two men arrested and sentenced to life after the killing of PSNI Constable Steven Carroll in Craigavon, Co. Armagh in 2009
JON ROBINS is a journalist and has written about the law, justice and related issues for the national papers and specialist press for 15 years. Jon is co-author of The Justice Gap: Whatever happened to legal aid? (Legal Action Group, 2009 – with Steve Hynes) and People Power: how to run a campaign and make a difference in your community (Daily Telegraph and LawPack, 2008). Jon is a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln and a patron of Hackney Community Law Centre. Jon is editor.
Jon has the official launch of his new book 'Guilty until Proven Innocent on 25th June 2018
SAM McINTOSH has been involved in Digital Forensics for 8 years in the role of Operations Manager for Zentek Forensics, based in the North West ( Bolton). As part of her role she will liaise directly with the defence team and provide advice on what is and isn’t possible in the world of forensics. Sam provides advice as to what kind of data can be recovered from Digital devices and how this data can be used to assist the defence case.
Zentek have been providing digital forensic investigations to both law enforcement and defence for approx. 15 years, but have focused on defence investigations primarily for the last two years. Zentek are instructed on a variety of cases including sexual offences, drug related offences, harassment, theft, murder and fraud. Digital devices are now prevalent in all cases and we can interrogate computers/mobile devices/servers/tablets/games consoles/ sat nav devices
SUZANNE GOWER will cover access to post conviction disclosure and her work on Open Justice - access to transcripts etc. She will also talk about the APPG on miscarriages of justice which she has recently helped to form.
Liverpool she is the Managing Director of the Centre for Criminal Appeals and is based in London.
Suzanne is an experienced solicitor specialising in Criminal Defence Work. Suzanne has spent the last three years working as Senior Case Officer on the Centre for Criminal Appeals team , who represented 22 of the families of the Hillsborough Disaster in the inquests which returned the historic verdict that the 96 victims had been unlawfully killed. Suzanne has an LL.M in International and European Human Rights Law from the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights at Utrecht University and was awarded the Max Van Der Stoel Prize for postgraduate research in the field of Human Rights by Tilburg University.
PAUL CORDLE is the brother-in-law of Daniel Cresswell who was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment in 2014 in what his MP Crispin Blunt referred to as "one of the worst miscarriages of justice I have ever seen". Crispin Blunt controversially used his parliamentary privilege to challenge West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins over the protracted, contradictory and belligerent behaviour of her Professional Services Department (PSD). Paul examines what he calls are the significant failures of the West Yorkshire Police Force investigation in terms of its failure to carry out a fair investigation, repeated failures to secure and protect key evidence, and its systemic and endemic disregard for proper procedures in the preparation of the case including failing to disclose the only first-hand witness statement in the case for over three years.
TRUDI BENJAMIN has been an active campaigner for Jeremy Bamber for the last 7 years. She is Director of JB Campaign Ltd, a not for profit private limited company.
Trudi, mother to four children and two stepchildren and is studying for an under -graduate degree in law.
Trudi says that Jeremy Bamber has protested his innocence for 32 years and despite a wealth of evidence that shows that his schizophrenic sister Sheila Caffell killed her family and then committed suicide,
Supporters believe that Jeremy’s case is one of the most unsafe that the UK has ever seen. What still lies at the heart of this case after over 32 years is the withholding of vital alibi evidence by Essex Police. Numerous attempts have been made to gain disclosure of this evidence without success.
DAVID JAMES SMITH is a Criminal Cases Review Commissioner.
David is an award-winning journalist and author. He has written extensively about crime and criminal justice issues, conducting detailed investigations into some of the most high-profile cases of recent years. He has written five non-fiction books including The Sleep of Reason – The James Bulger Case and Supper with The Crippen’s about the Edwardian murderer Hawley Harvey Crippen. David’s longform journalism for The Sunday Times Magazine won him Broadsheet Feature Writer of The Year at the British Press Awards in 2011 and again in 2012.