Crowdfunded Criminal Case Results In Acquittal

In what appears to be a first of its kind, the family of a bicyclist who was killed in a traffic accident crowdfunded his prosecution.

The driver was acquitted. In the United Kingdom, Gail Purcell struck Michael Mason, 70, as he rode along Regent Street, London, killing him.

The city police refused to refer it to the Crown Prosecution Service for advice on whether to charge Purcell.

Thereupon, UK’s Cyclists’ Defence Fund crowdfunded £80,000 from more than 2,000 people and brought the criminal case in the Old Bailey where the jury refused to convict after a four day trial.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/06/woman-cleared-careless-driving-crowd-funded-prosecution-cycling-uk

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About JeffKoeppel

I am a corporate/securities attorney in the Washington, DC area. Prior to joining the firm, I was a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. I am a member of the Bars of the States of Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia. You can also follow this blog on LinkedIn at: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jeffrey-a-koeppel/0/63/5a9
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