Michael Naughton on Barry George's appeal
8 November 2007
Dr Michael Naughton has been interviewed on GWR Bristol radio about Barry George's appeal, the man serving a life sentence for the murder of BBC TV presenter Jill Dando.
In the interview, Dr Naughton argues that the evidence used to convict George was not reliable. You can listen again to the interview on the GWR website at www.gwrfmbristol.co.uk/Article.asp?id=508290&spid=13032.
Dr Naughton, Lecturer in the School of Law and the Department of Sociology, is an expert on miscarriages of justice. He is the founder and co-ordinator of the Innocence Network UK (INUK), which exists to raise public awareness of the occurrence of wrongful convictions, facilitate academic research and encourage the creation of Innocence Projects in universities in the UK. He is the founder and director of the University of Bristol Innocence Project, through which he co-ordinates student reviews and investigations cases of alleged wrongful imprisonment of the innocent with local criminal lawyers.
Barry George was convicted in 2001, two years after Jill Dando was shot dead on her doorstep in Fulham, west London. He won the right to a fresh appeal after the Criminal Cases Review Commission said too much weight had been placed on forensic evidence concerning a speck of firearms residue in the original trial. More details of the case can be found at www.guardian.co.uk/crime/article/0,,2107773,00.html and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6769469.stm.
Dr Naughton was also interviewed on BBC1's Panorama programme on 29 October. You can watch archived Panorama programmes on the website (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/programmes/panorama/default.stm).