Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Apologies

Jim Robinson, along with three other men, was wrongly convicted of participating in the 1978 killing of Carl Bridgewater. The Bridgewater Four had their convictions quashed in 1993 following revelations about evidence-fabrications by Staffordshire police.

Robinson died a few weeks ago, and I’ve just seen his obituary in today’s Guardian. This paragraph stood out:
“When compensation was finally settled at a 1999 Home Office meeting, an official said he was sorry for what had happened to him. This was the first - and only - time the word was ever said to Robinson by any civil servant. He wept. It was a turning point, after which he felt able to rebuild his life.”

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