Adolf Beck

(1841—1909) businessman and victim of two miscarriages of justice

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The case of Adolf Beck (1841–1909) was one of the most notorious miscarriages of justice of the late nineteenth century, as he was twice wrongly convicted on the basis of mistaken identification. His case (along with that of Florence Maybrick) was central to the acceptance of the need for the establishment of a Court of Criminal Appeal in 1907.


From The New Oxford Companion to Law in Oxford Reference.

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