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Shirley McKie
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Biography, Law, Politics & Current Affairs
Publication Date
18 April 2007
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
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Birlinn Limited
8pp b/w plates

Shirley McKie

The Price of Innocence
by Iain McKie and Michael Russell - Find out more about the author


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’This is an astonishing case, more bizarre and improbable than detective fiction . . . what it tells us about our criminal justice system is that it would rather destroy innocent lives and allow crimes to go unpunished than face up to its own fallibility’ — Iain MacWhirter, Sunday Herald

In a world obsessed with surveillance and where fingerprinting and DNA testing are routine, what happened to Shirley McKie could happen to anyone.

Policewoman Shirley McKie’s decade-long fight for justice led to her trial for perjury, the loss of her job and brought her to the edge of suicide. Her crime? To refuse to accept the misidentification of her fingerprint, allegedly found at a murder scene she should not have entered.

But because she spoke the truth Shirley McKie was persecuted for years by senior police officers, ex-colleagues, forensics experts, politicians and government ministers. Described as ‘one of the worst miscarriages of justice in a generation’, her case eventually left the reputation of the Scottish criminal justice system in tatters. As the issues reverberated around the world, apparent links were revealed to other cases including the Lockerbie bombing, and Shirley’s case was even raised at the Michael Jackson trial.

In telling the full story for the first time, this book uncovers new information about the brutal murder of spinster Marion Ross, offers wide-ranging evidence of official incompetence and dishonesty, and suggests a conspiracy which might have sent an innocent man to prison for life.

This authorised account, introduced by Shirley herself, has been written by her father Iain — her strongest supporter during her fight for justice — and author and broadcaster Michael Russell, who has campaigned alongside the McKie family for over seven years.

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