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    craig and bentley


    The case of Craig and Bentley is a tragic and controversial episode in British legal history. In 1952, Derek Bentley, aged 19 with a mental age of 11, and Christopher Craig, 16, attempted a burglary. When police arrived, Craig shot and killed an officer. Bentley allegedly said, "Let him have it, Chris," which was interpreted as incitement. Despite Craig being the shooter, Bentley was convicted and hanged in 1953, sparking public outcry over his execution given his mental state and ambiguous role. In 1998, Bentley received a posthumous pardon, acknowledging the miscarriage of justice.

    May 21 2024

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