02 Nov 05 - 08:33 AM (#1595687)|
Subject: happy? – Nov 2 (Bentley and Craig)
From: Abby Sale
On November 2, 1952, petty thief, Christopher Craig shot & killed police constable Sidney Miles and eventually the 16-year-old Craig did 10 years for it. He was accompanied by the 19-year-old epileptic & retarded Derek Bentley. Seems there was no good evidence Bentley had anything to do with the killing but he was still duly tried and executed for it. On July 30, 1998 the Appeal Court exonerated Bentley. (I'm not clear how much better that made him feel.)
There's a lot about this case on the web & its place in crime and capital punishment discussion – Google it, if you like.
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