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Cannock Chase Murders appeal for Raymond Morris

Various articles covering this story during November 2010

This story was covered extensively by TV, Radio and print media during November 2010.

The solicitor handling the appeal, Amy Jo Cutts, appeared on TV on BBC Midlands Today as well as being interviewd for radio on BBC WM on monday the 1st of November 2010 to talk about the case.


Below is a copy of a press release with links to various news articles below.

PRESS RELEASE

After 42 years in prison, Raymond Morris has been granted permission to apply for a Judicial Review in the case of the “Cannock Chase murders”, at the time the biggest child-killer hunt in British History.

A 7-year investigation has uncovered evidence of alleged police misconduct in respect of his 1969 conviction for the murder of Christine Darby (aged 7), also known as the “A34 murders”.

During one of the highest profile investigations in history, following in the wake of hysteria surrounding the Moors murders only a year before, the Police were under significant pressure to secure a conviction for the murder.

If Mr Morris conviction was overturned it would be the longest running miscarriage of justice in British history. It may also potentially mean that a child murderer had remained at large for over 42 years during Mr Morris incarceration.

The primary ground of appeal relates to evidence that police interview notes were tampered with, during which it was alleged that Mr Morris refused to stand on an identification parade (something he has always denied.) He was subsequently picked-out in a 'confrontation' procedure, and later in the dock.

The application for a Judicial Review is the first stage in his attempts to have the matter referred back to the Court of Appeal, after 42 years in prison.

Mr Morris is represented by Amy-Jo Cutts of Norrie Waite and Slater solicitors in Sheffield and Matthew Stanbury of Garden Court North Barrister Chambers.

The case will be heard at the Leeds Administrative Court in December 2010.

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