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Carole Richardson

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Life Imprisonment

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Location of Trial:

United Kingdom


Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

"One of the Guildford Four. Framed by the police and falsely convicted in October 1975 of the Oct. 5, 1974 Guildford Pub bombings that killed 5 people. At their sentencing the judge said he wished they had been charged with treson so he could sentence them to death. The story of how the police and prosecution orchestrated their false prosecution is dramatized in the 1993 movie starring Daniel Day Lewis: "In the Name of the Father." Released from custody on Oct. 22, 1989. Carole Richardson spent 8 years in solitary."

Conviction Caused By:

Tortured by the police into falsely confessing.

Innocence Proved By:

England's Court of Appeal quashed the convictions of all four defendants on Oct. 22, 1989.

Defendant Aided By:

Attorney Gareth Peirce dug for years before finding the exonerating evidence that substantiated Gerry Conlon and Paul Hill's alibi, which meant all four of the Guildford Four were innocent.

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Information Source 1:

In the Name of the Father - Review of the book and movie, by Hans Sherrer, Justice:Denied magazine, Vol. 2, No. 4

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Information Source 2:

""The Psychology of Interrogations, Confessions and Testimony," Gisli H. Gudjonsson, John Wiley & Sons, 1992, p. 260-268, 272-273"

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Innocent UK website

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Book About Case:

""In the Name of the Father," Gerry Conlin, Plume, UK, 1993"

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Movie About Case:

""In the Name of the Father," 1993"

Comments About Case:

Falsely confessed

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