Derek Bentley case

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  • Derek Bentley controversy
    • Had the mental age of 10, and easily coerced.
    • Public and Parliamentary opinion
      • Huge public outcry against the sentence. Motion to support him by 200 mps but never debated. Chose not to reprieve Bentley
      • Case received a lot of media coverage mostly sympathetic to Bentley. His family continued to campaign after his death. Pardoned in 1993 and in 1998 conviction for murder was overturned
    • Significance
      • Highlighted vast difference in beliefs of punishment for severe crimes
      • Revealed how reprieval of murderers was a lottery.
      • Increased criticism of death penalty

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