- Obama’s regulatory agenda will cost U.S. economy $143B next year: report
- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
- Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees
- U.S. unemployment falls to five-year low of 7 percent; 203K jobs added
- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’
- John Boehner says GOP should support gay candidates: ‘I do’
- Grass-Whopper: Pan-fried cricket burgers go over big in New York City
New Hillsborough probe, death verdicts overturned
Question of the Day
LONDON (AP) - After nearly a quarter of a century, the families of the victims of Britain’s worst sports disaster are closer in their campaign for the truth.
Britain's High Court and the government delivered twin decisions Wednesday that marked significant milestones in the relatives’ search for justice over the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy that saw 96 Liverpool fans crushed to death.
A new criminal investigation was ordered by the Home Secretary, and about an hour later, Britain’s top judge overturned the original ruling that the 96 deaths at the FA Cup semifinal match were accidental.
Williams was in a wheelchair inside the court on Wednesday, weeks after being diagnosed with bowel cancer. Now she has renewed hope she will live to see the full truth about her son’s death established in court.
“I am glad we never gave up. It has been hard,” Williams said. “God willing, I will be here, it has been a long wait to see justice.”
The wrongdoing and mistakes that led to the crush at Liverpool’s match against Nottingham Forest were fully exposed in September after an independent panel examined previously secret documents.
The papers uncovered a sophisticated attempt by police to shift blame onto Liverpool fans watching from a standing-room-only section, by instructing officers to change statements and insinuate many fans were drunk and had histories of violence or criminality.
“I can’t forgive them the extremes they went to,” Williams said. “Why didn’t they just give us the truth?”
Many of the fans died due to lack of attention from police and emergency services after about 2,000 supporters were herded by officers into caged-in enclosures that were already full at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground.
British Prime Minister David Cameron apologized in September for errors by authorities, and now the official cause of the fans’ deaths looks set to change on their death certificates.
“It is bittersweet,” said Michelle Carlile, whose 19-year-old brother Paul died at Hillsborough. “We have known the truth for 23 years.”
Lord Chief Justice Igor Judge and two other judges decided that fresh inquests should be held.
Igor Judge said there had been a “profound, almost palpable belief that justice has not been done and that it cannot be done without and until the full truth is revealed.”
Steve Rotheram, a legislator representing part of Liverpool, described the verdict as marking “the beginning of the end of the Hillsborough disaster.”
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- Hack attack: 2 million Facebook, Twitter passwords stolen
- Kill team: Obama war chiefs widen drone death zones
- Obama administration issues permits for wind farms to kill more eagles
- Embryonic stem cell research falls out of favor as scientists go ethical
- EDITORIAL: Our ideological president
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- MILLER: Obamacare enrollees include 101 members of the House of Representatives
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
The Constitution: Every issue, every time. No exceptions, no excuses. And how to get from here to there.
Why can’t humans just be free to be humans?
Get in the middle of all the action inside and outside the boxing ring.
Find the latest news and happening that effect those in the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland Metro region.
White House pets gone wild!