Faulty forensic testing convicted Maguire Seven

Hamer, Mick
May 1991
New Scientist;5/18/91, Vol. 130 Issue 1769, p12
Reports on the conviction of members of the Maguire family for operating an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb factory in north London, England on the basis of forensic evidence. Disclosure in the Court of Appeal that test kits used to detect traces of explosives were contaminated; Penalties imposed on the Maguire family; Source of the contamination; Criticism against the forensic evidence which convicted the Maguire family members.


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