Letters: Wider issues raised by Hillsborough

During the press conference of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, Professor Phil Scraton said he and fellow panellists had the advantage over any public inquiry, that in their meticulous investigation of the massive documentation they had been greatly assisted by being "able to get close to the victims". This comment was no doubt prompted by the traditional lawyer's assumption that a public inquiry is limited to listening to voices inside the inquiry forum, by formal legal processes from which the independent panel was spared.The contrast in procedures is not accurate. When Lord Scarman condu...

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