Michael Shields Released

“The decision to release Michael Shields, made by Justice Secretary Jack Straw this morning brings to a close one chapter of a particularly unpleasant incident in the recent history of English football. It has to be said, however, that it opens a completely new one and it must be hoped that this is a story which will not now be brushed under the carpet.” (twohundredpercent)

Now help the other innocent prisoners
“There must be a few hundred prisoners sitting on their bunks in cells at home and abroad today scratching their chins and thinking, ‘Blimey, I wonder if my mum and dad had a quick chat with that Jack Straw and explained exactly how I had been wrongfully convicted, would I be given a free pardon?’” (Guardian)

Liverpool fan Michael Shields thanks Merseyside after Jack Straw’s shock pardon
“A Liverpool football fan jailed for the attempted murder of a Bulgarian barman four years ago today thanked the whole of Merseyside for its support – as Justice Secretary Jack Straw performed a mysterious U-turn and handed him a royal pardon.” (Times)

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