'I would have been the first‚ - ‚ Then there [were] the Birmingham
Six, the Bridgewater Four and the Cardiff Three. Each‚ - ‚ another
nail in my coffin': Tony Stock, 2008. The story of Tony Stock is
astonishing: deeply disturbing it sent out ripples of disquiet when
he was sentenced to ten years for robbery at Leeds Assizes in 1970.
Over the next 40 years the case went to the Court of Appeal four
times and has the distinction of being the first to have been
referred to that court twice by the Criminal Cases Review
Commission. Tony Stock died in 2012 still fighting to clear his
name: spending from his meagre savings to hire private
investigators and hoping beyond hope to see justice. Jon Robins
takes up where Stock left off undertaking new research with the
support of Glyn Maddocks, Stock's lawyer, and Ralph Barrington,
formerly the CCRC's investigations adviser. Previously head of
Essex CID, Barrington was so shocked at how the Court of Appeal
treated Stock that he pursued it after he retired. 'If anyone
seriously believes the Court of Appeal has reformed itself since
the dark days of the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four, they should
study the unreported and amazing case of Tony Stock': Private Eye.
'One of the most outrageous miscarriages of justice of modern
times': Barry Sheerman, Labour MP for Huddersfield. 'I would have
thought that the injustice done to Tony [Stock] was fairly
self-evident and yet his conviction still stands. I find this very
difficult to accept': Ralph Barrington, investigations adviser at
the Criminal Cases Review Commission. 'The fight for justice that
will not die': Yorkshire Post.
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