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Mark was wrongly convicted of murder in 2010. Here we chart the journey he takes to prove his innocence. Discover the facts at
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Mark Alexander 4h
In appropriate cases where there is genuine risk to the public or an ongoing investigation - yes. I'm sure most would agree on this. But we must draw the line at this point to protect innocent people from heavy handed tactics that prejudice trials and lead to wrongful convictions
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Mark Alexander 4h
11yrs Today: The prosecution will highlight that Sami hasn't been using his diary lately to bolster their claim that he died 4 wks ago. What they won't tell the jury is that most of the diary is empty anyway. Up to Sept, barely 80 days out of 243 have entries. The rest are blank
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Mark Alexander Sep 30
The problem is that the same rules apply to everyone, that includes you, & people who've never been arrested before (about 15% of all prisoners). It also includes children: 217 were remanded in 2018, 1/4 of whom were later acquitted. 36% were released w/o a custodial sentence
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Mark Alexander Sep 30
The term 'offender' sounds like an occupation or ongoing habit, but the reality is that 'offending' stops the day that person is arrested. They can't continue being an 'offender' in custody. This sloppy and demonising nomenclature is still widely used in policy documents and OMUs
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Mark Alexander Sep 30
Replying to @Whitney_Iles
Prisons that don't retraumatise those in their care coming in with pre-existing histories of abuse and other forms of trauma. A difficult proposition in an inherently oppressive environment. Is it really possible to have a trauma-informed prison, or is this an oxymoron?
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Mark Alexander Sep 30
11yrs Today: A friend of Sami will reveal that "he told me there was some other trouble about the house and some money, and he was asking me what he should do, but I just cannot remember the details. It seemed there was some sort of serious concern that was worrying him.”
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Mark Alexander Sep 29
A more egalitarian bail model would be means-tested. Perhaps more importantly, report about 1/4 of all those not granted bail will either be acquitted or never receive a custodial sentence. More than half are remanded for non-violent offences. Bail is chronically underused
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Mark Alexander Sep 29
This important report by was delayed as a result of COVID, but the problems hampering wrongful convictions haven't gone away. Injustice doesn't get prorogued, it festers. The wrongly convicted, their families, & practitioners will be eagerly anticipating coming decisions
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Mark Alexander Sep 29
11yrs Today: Lectures begin at Mark's university. It's the final and most important year of his law degree and for the next few months he'll be attending 5 lectures a week, plus 3 or 4 seminar groups.
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Mark Alexander Sep 28
11yrs Today: Mark is attending a charity function at Home House, Portman Square
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Mark Alexander Sep 28
11yrs Today: Recalling her years living with Sami, Mark's mother "noticed worrying signs of behaviour. Sami put paper over the front door glass, obviously for privacy, but the real reason was debt collectors trying to settle all manner of trouble. Sami was up to his neck"
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Hannah Graham Sep 26
Sentence reductions are being given to thousands of people incarcerated in prisons with severe lockdown restrictions in Victoria, Australia. Each day of restricted regime (e.g., in cell 23+ hours) is matched by days commuted off their sentence.
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Mark Alexander Sep 28
This isn't always true. In serious cases like murder there will be a presumption against bail. In Mark's case he was offered bail but at a prohibitively expensive price. When his girlfriend's parents pledged to cover it the Court refused to accept because they were based overseas
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Mark Alexander Sep 27
11yrs Today: Mark is developing updates to his university's Law Society website tonight.
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Mark Alexander Sep 26
11yrs Today: Sami hasn't been using his landline or the mobile Mark returned to him 2wks ago. He seems to have gone off-grid & is keeping a low profile. Could this be a sign he's landed in trouble? Neighbours say "he was perfectly capable of dropping off the rader when he wanted"
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Mark Alexander Sep 25
11yrs Today: One of Mark's clients runs a classic and luxury sports car rental agency in King's Cross. They are meeting to discuss updates to the website Mark designed for them, and a potential new venture.
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Mark Alexander Sep 24
11yrs Today: Neighbours begin to notice Sami's behaviour changing. He has been cancelling prior engagements. "Sami rang to say he wasn't really up to having visitors and he would let us know when he wanted us to go back to visit"
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Mark Alexander Sep 23
11yrs Today: Elected as 'Communications Officer' to his university Law Society last year, Mark is co-hosting a drinks reception for new law students at the Knight's Templar Pub tonight. He'll be at the Freshers' Fayre tomorrow helping new arrivals settle in.
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Mark Alexander Sep 22
11yrs Today: Sami ignores a call from an occupational therapist. Contact has been intermittent over the years. She even closed his file in March after frustrated efforts to make contact. The prosecution won't tell the jury about this, but instead paint it as an 'unusual' event.
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Mark Alexander Sep 21
Replying to @FaithLost2 @PRTuk and 2 others
may be able to help. Good luck!
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