|CHED EVANS Convicted Rapist &|
Professional Footballer, odds not looking good....
In April 2012, Ched Evans was convicted of rape and sentenced to five years in prison, a conviction which was upheld by the Court of Appeal in November 2012. He was released from prison on 17 October 2014.
I never did understand why sports hacks use the word 'clinched' and I've never seen a 'clinch' in action and likewise I've never seen a convicted rapist such as Ched Evans, the footballer, try so hard to rewrite history. Most sports hacks have fallen for it and routinely say Mr Evan 'has served his time' truth is he hasn't, just served half of his allotted jail time and released on licence - could be recalled to jail if so required. Why does he deserve a second chance; has anyone asked his 19-year-old victim?
Let us be clear Mr Evans isn't appealing his conviction, he's already been through the appeal process. https://www.crimeline.info/case/r-v-ched-evans-chedwyn-evans
In April 2012, Evans was convicted of rape and sentenced to five years in prison, a conviction which was upheld by the Court of Appeal in November 2012. He was released from prison on licence having served half his term, on 17 October 2014. He remains a convicted rapist.
The criminal cases review body put it like this: It says it is acting, in part, because of "issues raised" by Evans's legal team. The 'issues' would relate to the actual conduct of the trial, the process if you like.
A CCRC spokesman told the Observer it had expected a "significant wait" to the inquiry beginning, but there had been a request by the footballer's lawyers to prioritise the case.
He said after the request was made, "in line with our published policy on prioritisation, and in relation to the facts of the case and the issues raised in Mr Evans's application to us... we now expect our substantive investigation to begin within the next few weeks".
The spokesman added: "The decision to prioritise the case simply brings forward the starting point of the investigations to decide whether or not there may be grounds for us to refer the case to the Court of Appeal.
"It does not in any way represent a judgment by the commission as to the merits of the case or its chances of being referred."
So it stands that if the CCRC do in their own wisdom decide to refer the matter to the Appeal Court, it still looks like a very long shot for Mr Evans as the numbers below show:
Out of 18,627 applications only:
|543 have been heard by Court of Appeal:||543 (374 quashed and just 153 upheld).|
About the Criminal Cases Review CommissionThe Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) is an independent public body that was set up in March 1997 by the Criminal Appeal Act 1995. Our purpose is to review possible miscarriages of justice in the criminal courts of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and refer appropriate cases to the appeal courts.
The Commission is based in Birmingham and has about 90 staff, including a core of about 50 caseworkers, supported by administrative staff.
There are eleven Commissioners, appointed in accordance with the Office for the Commissioner for Public Appointments' Code of Practice. They work with the Senior Management Team to ensure the Commission runs efficiently.
We are completely independent and impartial and do not represent the prosecution or the defence.
Our visionTo enhance public confidence in the criminal justice system, to give hope and bring justice to those wrongly convicted, and based on our experience to contribute to reform and improvements in the law
- To investigate cases as quickly as possible and with thoroughness and care
- To work constructively with our stakeholders and to the highest standards of quality
- To treat applicants, and anyone affected by our work, with courtesy, respect and consideration
- To promote public understanding of the Commission’s role
Case Statistics - Figures to 30 November 2014
|Cases under review:||744|
|Completed:||17,183 (incl. ineligible), 568 referrals|
|Heard by Court of Appeal:||543 (374 quashed, 153 upheld)|
*Total applications includes 279 cases transferred from the Home Office when the Commission was set up in 1997. https://www.crimeline.info/case/r-v-ched-evans-chedwyn-evans
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