Circumstances Grave and Unusual

Christopher Hilliard

in The Littlehampton Libels

Published in print June 2017 | ISBN: 9780198799658
Published online June 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191839849 | DOI:
Circumstances Grave and Unusual

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Nicholls’s findings led to the exoneration of Rose Gooding at a special hearing of the Court of Criminal Appeal. Sir Archibald Bodkin, the DPP, briefed the barrister Travers Humphreys to disown the prosecutions. Humphreys took on the odd role of the prosecutor proclaiming the prisoner’s innocence while the defence counsel stood and nodded. The Court of Criminal Appeal quashed Rose Gooding’s convictions and made the unusual decision not to hear any evidence in open court, so as to allow the prosecutors to build up a case against a new defendant, Edith Swan. Gooding returned home and the Home Office began arranging compensation, comparing her ordeal with those of other victims of miscarriages of justice, from Adolf Beck onwards, and settling on an award of £250.

Keywords: Court of Criminal Appeal; Home Office; Travers Humphreys; Adolf Beck; miscarriage of justice

Chapter.  4485 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Social and Cultural History

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