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Beltrami, Joseph, 1932-2015, lawyer
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Joe Beltrami papers relating to Patrick Meehan, victim of miscarriage of justice

  • GB 249 BEL
  • Collection
  • 1969 - 1984

Items relating to Beltrami's 15-year battle to overturn the conviction of his client, Patrick Meehan, for the murder of Rachel Ross during a burglary in 1969. Beltrami's efforts secured a unique Royal Pardon for Meehan, plus a substantial compensation payment. The collection includes:

  • Incomplete (pages 2-7 only) xerox copy of the Edinburgh High Court indictment against Patrick Connolly Meehan for theft, housebreaking, assault to severe injury, robbery, murder and fraud, 1969;
  • Incomplete copy letter from [Joe Beltrami, Beltrami Dunn & Co] to R.B. Laurie, Secretary, the Law Society of Scotland, Edinburgh, 5 April 1976, seeking an opinion on matters of confidentiality concerning the precognitions of the widow, son and daughter of William McGuiness;
  • Copy letter from [Joe Beltrami, Beltrami Dunn & Co] to the Crown Agent, Crown Office, Edinburgh, 16 September 1976, concerning the Crown's delay in pronouncing the innocence of Meehan's co-suspect in the murder of Rachel Ross, James Griffiths (Griffiths was shot dead by a police marksman in 1969);
  • Xerox copy of the recommendation by D[avid] A.O. Edward Q.C., Edinburgh, that Patrick Meehan should be offered the sum of £47,915 in compensation, 22 December 1983, with annotations by Beltrami;
  • Xerox copy of the cheque for £47,915 issued to Patrick Meehan by H.M. Paymaster General on 8 February 1984, with annotations by Beltrami;
  • Photograph of Patrick Meehan with Joe Beltrami, signing for receipt of his compensation payment in Beltrami's office, 1984, with annotations on the reverse (this image is published on the dust jacket of Beltrami's book, 'A Deadly Innocence');
  • Copy of Joe Beltrami, 'A Deadly Innocence: the Meehan file' (Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing, 1989), containing an inscription by Beltrami on the flyleaf.

Beltrami, Joseph, 1932-2015, lawyer