Geoffrey Dawson Lane

[Baron Lane]

Biography of Geoffrey Dawson Lane

Geoffrey Dawson Lane, Baron Lane (17 July 1918 – 22 August 2005) was a British Judge who served as Lord Chief Justice of England from 1980 to 1992. The later part of his term was marred by a succession of disputed convictions. Lane's critics claimed that his refusal to believe that police evidence could be institutionally corrupt and his reluctance to overturn the verdict of a jury "represented a dangerous hindrance to justice". His failure to acquit the Birmingham Six in 1988 led to calls for his resignation following their successful appeal in 1991, and an editorial in The Times "urged him to go," while 140 MPs signed a House of Commons motion to that effect. Bernard Levin wrote that the "narcissistic arrogance" of Lane's "worthless certainty" was "a danger to justice".

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