Meehan, Patrick Connolly, 1928-1994, victim of miscarriage of justice

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Meehan, Patrick Connolly, 1928-1994, victim of miscarriage of justice

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1928-1994

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Patrick ('Paddy') Meehan, a safe blower with no record of violent crime, was wrongly convicted of and served several years in prison for attacking and robbing Abraham and Rachel Ross at their home in Ayr in 1969. The Meehan family approached Ludovic Kennedy, journalist and broadcaster, who took up the case in 1971 and became convinced during his investigation that a miscarriage of justice had occurred. Kennedy and others campaigned tirelessly on Meehan's behalf and succeeded in achieving his release from prison in 1976 and the establishment of an inquiry into the case, chaired by Lord Hunter. The inquiry, which reported in 1982, was widely criticised as a whitewash.

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P0016

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ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Created by Victoria Peters, February 2010.

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