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Robert William Hoolhouse
On 26th May 1938, Robert William Hoolhouse was hanged at Durham Prison for the sex murder of Margaret Dobson. In his case there was certainly reasonable doubt. If the forensic evidence still exists and a genetic fingerprint can be obtained, should his body be exhumed so that a comparison can be made?
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Miscarriage of justice has been a thorn in my side for 30 years and one of the things I've learned is that the so called "Justice system" will do anything it can to prevent the truth of their mistakes from coming to light.
Even if there is genetic evidence available it would take a sustained campaign from a lot of people to get it into the limelight.
Petitioning for a pardon, an exhumation, etc. has to come from someone - I am not sure whether it must be family or not, but whoever it is faces an uphill battle with the authorities. The person concerned must have stamina and probably quite a deep pocket if it comes down to a civil case. It all can take years. It might be that there are no living relatives of this man.
The authorities are not going to jump to it off their own bats.
If there is evidence that the original decision was shaky and therefore that Robert Hoolhouse might have been judicially murdered then yes there are grounds for looking into the case once more.
However, at present the CCRC (Criminal Cases Review Commission) has a huge backlog of cases to investigate (and depending on the outcome refer back to the Court of Appeal) where the people involved are still alive, even still imprisoned.
I would prioritise these cases - where miscarriages of justice may be ongoing and where there is a possibility of capturing the real criminal above this particular case. Given the CCRCs criteria which broadly speaking reflect my last point - if this was referred back to them (especially in the absence of a high profile) it would be a very low priority case. This does not however mean that it would be an action without merit. Certainly morally I agree all should be done to ensure the accuracy of the judicial system.
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