But Derek Bentley's case is not unique. Edith Thompson was executed on 9 January 1923 for her (supposed) complicity in her husband's murder. Since then her innocence has been established so that it is hardly a matter of debate. Yet Edith Thompson, like Derek Bentley, officially remains as guilty now as when she was condemned to death.
I am sure that, knowing of similar cases, the Home Secretary has decided to play safe. In so doing, he ensures that these miscarriages of justice continue to blot our judicial record.
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