Dec 27, 2017

Justice for Stephen Lawrence as court rejects appeal



One of two men convicted of murdering Stephen Lawrence has failed in a four-year bid to clear his name after an exhaustive review of the case. Gangster’s son David Norris, 41, had asked the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) in 2013 to investigate his case and refer it to the Court of Appeal for a new hearing. But now, more than four years later, it has crushed his hopes of freedom, saying it has ‘not identified any new evidence or legal argument’ on which his conviction could be referred to appeal judges.


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