These five cases prove just how devastating convictions based on false confessions are to all involved. They also chillingly suggest that such miscarriages may well be far more common than we think.
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Conlon was a key figure in false case of 1974 IRA Guildford bombing, one of the worst miscarriages of British justice.
In Japan, nearly all cases that go to court end in convictions, but some abuse the law to obtain false confessions.
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