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Glyndŵr Lectures Rose West

April 26 @ 6:00 PM 7:00 PM

Glyndŵr Lectures Rose West

Rose West on The Stand: Judgements of Credibility in Criminal Trials by Dr Caroline Gorden, Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

From the upcoming book Case Studies of Famous Trials and the Construction of Guilt and Innocence (Gorden and Birkbeck, 2022), Dr Caroline Gorden examines how the courts and wider society deal with guilt and innocence.

This lecture focuses on the 1995 trial of Rose West. Rose was an alleged accomplice to several murders that her husband, Fred West admitted committing. Following Fred’s suicide, the courts seemed ready to drop the charges against Rose West due to insufficient evidence against her to warrant a trial. However, a trial did go ahead and she faced a conviction for 10 murders.

Exploring the evidential challenges the prosecution faced, Dr Gorden does not make a judgement about Rose’s guilt or innocence. She instead draws on some of the key sociological research on credibility to explain why Rose received her conviction.

What will we learn?

  • The criminological, psychological, sociological and legal perspectives of acquitted or convicted defendants.
  • What credibility means and how it plays a role in the perception of guilt and innocence and criminal case outcomes.
  • How can we understand and address the prejudices and stereotypes and their role in criminal trials?

All are welcome to attend this free public lecture. It is of particular interest to those interested in true crime or criminology or practitioners in the criminal justice system.

IMPORTANT: Due to the nature of the topic under discussion, the content may be sensitive or emotive to some.

There is a drinks reception from 5:30pm.

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Glyndŵr Lectures Rose West

Mold Road
Wrexham, LL11 2AW
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