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SBD Global/October 17, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Attorney General Dominic Grieve Seeks To Overturn Hillsborough Verdicts

U.K. Attorney General Dominic Grieve has "confirmed he will seek to quash the inquest into the deaths of 96 football fans in the Hillsborough stadium two decades ago, after an independent report found that the original coroner’s reports had been deeply flawed," according to Helen Warrell of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Grieve said even though he had not yet finished considering the evidence, he was taking the "exceptional course" of confirming he would ask the High Court to overturn the verdicts. He said that this "would prevent the bereaved from suffering any further anxiety." Grieve told MPs: "My current view is that I will apply to have every one of those 96 inquests quashed. I believe that these deaths, arising as they do from a common chain of events, should all be considered afresh." Grieve's actions "could lead to the original verdicts being overturned and a series of new inquests in due course." Although Grieve "warned that the application would not be immediate because he needed time to prepare a persuasive argument" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 10/16).
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