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New And Changing Expert Evidence: Basis For Retrials In International Criminal Cases?

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The case law of the British Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) is illustrative, and may serve to inform other criminal law systems and even international criminal proceedings. Two decisions illuminate how this subject may be approached. The first of these is the Gilfoyle decision of December 20, 2000, in which Gilfoyle was convicted for the murder of his wife. The defense argued that Gilfoyle's wife committed suicide by hanging herself. Another example is the British Brown case, which was reopened in 2001. In 1996, Brown was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for sexual abuse of the five-year-old son of his girlfriend.

Keywords: Brown case; Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC); Gilfoyle decision; international criminal proceedings; sexual abuse; suicide



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