Let down and betrayed?

Innocence projects in the UK seemed such a fine idea
Inundated with requests from alleged victims of wrongful convictions, the need for help and hope could not be any more clear
A student army wanting a pro bono experience to strengthen their CVs
Could be harnessed for good and social justice, as opposed to the mere “what’s in it for me’s”

But that was the theory that didn’t turn out to be real
Little institutional interest in progressing casework, no investigatory zeal
A few notable exceptions aside, a lack of progress with cases turned out to be the norm
Willing and eager students not supported, just could not weather the storm

So here we are, ten years has past
We have an additional part of the legal landscape that looks likely to last
But what of the innocent prisoners and their families you might ask
Let down and betrayed by an educational mask?

Michael Naughton
January 2016

Innocence lost?

Shallow and begrudging platitudes only thinly veil personal attacks
A convenient scapegoat for the dim-witted herd

Character assassinations from would be rivals will not distract from their own deficiencies and defamations
Plagiarised discourse passed off as their own

Unable or unwilling to look in the mirror
Bandwagon jumpers know no other way

Garrulous chatter in the extreme
Less talk and more action required

A hope that such shamefulness pays off for those languishing wretches desperate for their help
Time will tell which truth will out

Michael Naughton
December 2014

The Engineer

There was an engineer
Who had a good idea
That wasn’t very clear
It nearly cost him dear

Many others got on-board
For reasons untoward
Who might best have been ignored
But he wasn’t self-assured

Then he had a true belief
That the people needing relief
Could be better rescued from their grief
If he was no longer seen as Chief

It was hard to walk away
And even to this day
He struggles not to have his say
To stay out of the affray

But it’s really for the best
It’s now gotten off his chest
It’s now over to the rest
It’s time for them to pass the test

Michael Naughton
4 May 2016


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