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14. 05.12

Pre Appeal Vigil

An eve of appeal vigil for Sam was held in torrential rain (and hailstones) on Tuesday 15 May 2012 at St John’s Church, Hoxton.

Supporters released 100 balloons symobising Sam’s hopes for freedom. Local Irish traditional musicians provided while the vicar of St Jonhs, Rev Graham Hunter led a dedication and prayers for a just outcome to Sam's appeal.

05. 05.12

Patrick Maguire Art Show

The campaign hosted n exhibition by artist and stalwart campaign supporter, Patrick Maguire on Saturday 5 May and Sunday 6 May 2012 at the Green Hut, Hoxton.

The centrepiece work was Barcode a high quality limited edition print created by Patrick in conjunction with the UK's leading master printmaker, Kip Gresham. Barcode depicts significant numbers and dates in Sam Hallam’s life.

As one of the Maguire Seven, Patrick was wrongly convicted of explosives offences in 1975 at the age of just 13. Kip Gresham has been making original prints for artists, galleries and publishers for over 30 years, and has worked with some of the world's leading artists.

See a selection of Patrick Maguire’s art here.



Someone to Blame

Someone to Blame – a powerful drama telling Sam Hallam’s story was performed at the Kings Head Theatre in Islington from 6 March to 31 March 2012. The play written by Tess Berry-Hart and directed by David Mercatali received overwhelmingly positive reviews from theatre critics including this four star review in the Independent newspaper. Many offers of support for Sam's campaign were received from audience members who had previously been unaware of his cvase

Many thanks to all who made Someone to Blame such a resounding success including actors Debra Baker, Clare Cameron, Rob Crouch (who played Sam Hallam), Alexander Gatehouse, Keith Hill,  Vincent Jerome and Bradley Taylor as well as all the Kings Head staff.



Appeal Date Set

A date for Sam Hallam's Court of Appeal hearing has been set. The hearing will take place at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London WC2 2LL on Wednesday 16 May and Thursday 17 May 2012 before Lady Justice Hallett.


Campaign Benefit

The Sam Hallam Campaign held a successful benefit evening at the Lion and Lamb pub in Hoxton. Acclaimed Enfield band Black Danny gave a storming performance while Patrick Maguire sold silk screen posters of his new work Barcode which highlights Sam’s years of wrongful imprisonment. Many thanks to everyone who made the evening a great success .



Public Meeting

Sam’s supporters attended a public meeting at Arden Estate Community Hall in Hoxton for an update on the referral of his conviction to the Court of Appeal. A celebration to mark this important milestone in Sam’s campaign for justice was held later at the Lion and Lamb pub.






Campaign Benefit

Many thanks to all who attended a campaign benefit on  4 December at the Lion and Lamb. Hoxton. Special thanks to performers Black Danny and Niall Gallagher. £600 was raised to help publicise Sam's case. 





Major Police Inquiry into Sam's Conviction






The Sam Hallam Campaign can now announce that since February 2010, a major police inquiry has been underway into the conviction of this innocent Hoxton man. In January, Sam and his representatives were informed that the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has exercised its powers under section 19 of the Criminal Appeal Act 1995 to require an outside police inquiry to be held into his case.  Such inquiries are very rare. It is understood that this is only the 40th occasion on which an outside police inquiry has been established out of more than 12,000 applications received by the Commission since undertaking responsibility for investigating alleged miscarriages of justice in 1997.

Thames Valley Police officers have interviewed witnesses and re-examined case evidence over the past eight months. Sam s interviewed at HMP Bullingdon in March by the Senior Investigating Officer leading the inquiry. It is believed the police inquiry is now nearing completion. Thames Valley Police will submit its report to the Commission who will decide whether to refer Sam Hallam’s conviction back to the Court of Appeal.

See report from The Independent here

See ITV London Tonight report here


Shoreditch Festival

On Saturday, 17 July 2010 , Sam's campaign had a stall at the Shoreditch Festival organised by the Shoreditch Trust. Thousands of visitors thronged into Shoreditch Park and there was a high level of interest in Sam’s case and the campaign for his release.



Streetlevel Fair






On Saturday, 10 July 2010 the campaign had a stall at a Summer Community Fair organised by local project streetlevel whose mission is to improve the life chances of children and young people in Hoxton and neighbouring areas. The stall offered tee-shirts, badges, CDs, posters, booklets, flyers, stickers and postcards highlighting Sam's case



Hackney South Candidates Quizzed

One hundred voters wrote to General Election candidates in Hackney South and Shoreditch constituency probing where they stood on Sam's case. Supportive replies were received from Meg Hillier (Labour), Dave Reval (Liberal Democrat), Polly Lane (Green), Ben Rae (Liberal) and Denny de la Haye (Independent).


Householders across Hoxton  also displayed window posters advising political canvassers not to seek their votes unless they support justice for Sam.





Campaign Social

The campaign held a benefit evening in Hoxton to raise funds to publicise Sam's case. Many thanks to all who helped make the evening a success.





Do You Call This Justice?

The Sam Hallam Campaign marked two years since new evidence supporting Sam’s innocence was submitted to the Criminal Cases Review Commission by holding a classical musical vigil outside the Ministry of Justice in Central London. Thirty four young classical musicians conducted by Harry Ogg performed works on the theme of justice and time including the world premiere of a specially commissioned work Lost Time by Misha Mullov-Abbado dedicated to Sam Hallam.

The vigil contrasted Ministry of Justice cuts which have damaged the Commission’s capacity to investigate miscarriages of justice with the staggering expenditure of £130m of taxpayers’ cash on refurbishing the Ministry’s offices. This includes £53,000 spent on a series of painted triangles aptly entitled Round Trip on internal stairwells inside the building. Sam’s mother, Wendy presented a giant postcard addressed to Justice Secretary, Jack Straw comparing the cost of Round Trip with the price of freedom for innocent prisoners.

Many thanks to all the talented young musicians who took part and the supporters who attended to make the event a huge success.

Youtube - Excerpt from overture to Beethoven's Fidelio

See  here for Ministry of Justice reply which in the finest tradition of civil service correspondence with taxpayers makes no reference to the two years Sam has been waiting for a decision and the £130m of our money wasted on their office upgrade (i.e. what the campaign’s postcard to Jack Straw was actually about).



Hope for the Innocent?

On 16 December 2009, the Sam Hallam Campaign helped to organise a parliamentary reception to launch a new book The Criminal Cases Review Commission: Hope for the Innocent?  edited by Dr Michael Naughton of the Innocence Network (UK). The book published by Palgrave McMillan examines the role and work of the CCRC and points to serious deficiencies in the Commission’s performance including excessive delays in investigating cases such as Sam Hallam’s.

The reception was hosted by Tottenham MP (and Higher Education Minister) David Lammy (above). Among those attending were Sir Alan Beith MP (Chair of the Commons Select Committee on Justice), Chris Mullin MP, Claire Curtis-Thomas MP and Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson David Howarth MP as well as leading human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce. Sam’s family and supporters helped spread the word about his case at the very well-attended event.



Vigil for Justice



A large crowd of supporters gathered in the grounds of St John the Baptist, Hoxton for a vigil marking five years since Sam's arrest for a murder he did not commit. Candles were lit as traditional musicians performed. Five minutes silence was observed and prayers saikd that justice will finally prevail. 100 yellow balloons and a paper Comet for Justice signed by all present were released into the night sky. Many thanks to all who attended including the performers led by the Mulready family musicians and Rev Irena Edgcumbe, vicar of St Anne, Hoxton who led the prayers.

See Hackney Gazette report on the vigil



Five Years of Injustice


A major gig headlined by London's hottest hip hop artist Smiffy was held at the MacBeth in Hoxton.The gig marked the launch sees the release of the Sam Hallam protest single The Broken Wheels of Justice by Smiffy. Also appearing were  North London punk and ska performers Leika, exciting new indie band blackdanny from Enfield and post-punk trio Shotgun Venus. Many thanks to all who attended and perforfmed especially to Matt Hilbert who organised the highly successful evening  which helped widen awareness of the continuing injustice being inflicted on this innocent young Hoxton man. 

Download the
gig poster here


Seeing the Light







Stunning light images and messages about Sam's case were projected onto key buildings and locations at the campaign's Seeing the Light event in Hoxton Square. Campaign supporters handed eye-catching postcards highlighting Sam's case to Friday night revellers who throng into this busy and fashionable venue. Interest in the continuing injustice inflicted was high and many new contacts made. Special thanks to Susie Hinchliffe who devised the event. 

See Hackney Citizen report on Seeing the Light


Campaign Social





Sam's supporters, family, friends and neighbours came to Arden Estate Community Hall in Hoxton for a social evening which raised much-needed funds to publicise Sam's case. Many thanks to all who helped make the evening a success.


Our Goal is Justice






Eight local teams competed in the Sam Hallam Campaign Five a Side Football Tournament in Shoreditch Park for the prestigious Sam Hallam Trophy. Players and spectators enjoyed a great day while pledging their continuing support for Sam's campaign for justice. Congratulations to the winning team "Free Sam Hallam" (pictured above) which included Sam's brother Danny (left).


Going Underground





Campaign supporters held a day of raising awareness of Sam's case on Saturday 11th July 2009. 10,000 eye catching flyers highlighting Sam's case were handed out to travellers on the London Underground network. Many pledges of support for Sam’s campaign were received from the travelling public.

Download flyer artwork



Petition to Parliament

On Monday 15 June 2009, the campaign submitted a petition to the House of Commons protesting at the under-funding of the CCRC and delays in investigating alleged miscarriages of justice. Present at a photo-call of supporters was Hackney North MP Diane Abbott (who formally presented the petition in the House of Commons) and Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn who has championed the cases of many innocent prisoners over several decades.

Prominent among those attending the event were former victims of wrongful imprisonment Paddy Hill and Billy Power of the Birmingham Six, Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four and Patrick Maguire of the Maguire Seven.At the conclusion of the photo-call, supporters released 57 balloons symbolising the 57 months Sam Hallam has so far spent in prison as an innocent man.

For its part, the CCRC issued a curious press statement which described the seven months Sam had to wait before a case manager was allocated even to begin to look at his case was “was in line with expectation at the time” (they did not specify whose expectartion that might have been nor did they acknowledge that it now 16 months since Sam’s application was submitted to them). The CCRC then pointed out that this was “significantly better than the position in 2005 when a similar case would have waited around 20 months to be allocated”. So that’s OK then. The trouble with innocent people who have their lives destroyed by the nightmare of wrongful imprisonment is that they just never stop moaning



Campaign Benefit Gig



Hundreds crammed into the Macbeth in Hoxton on 5 March for the Sam Hallam Benefit Gig. Performers included acclaimed alternative rockers The Winter Kings, lyrical hip hop artist Smiffy and new indie band Monster Hospital. Sensational new band Galileo fronted by Lois Winstone (left) opened the gig. Among those attending were Lois' actor father Ray Winstone who presented a 2007 ITV1 documentary about Sam's case, former All Saints singer Mel Blatt, Lois' actress sister Jaime Winstone together with her partner Alfie Allen.



Campaign Public Meeting 

Supporters attended a packed public meeting in Hoxton to discuss current developments in Sam's case. Speakers included local Labour councillor Clayeon McKenzie and Rev April Keech of St John the Baptist church. Patrick Maguire - who suffered wrongful imprisonment in the 1970s as one of the Maguire Seven - spoke movingly about his belief in Sam's innocence.


Sam Prison Move

Sam has been transferred from Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution to HMP Bullingdon. His new location is HMP Bullingdon, PO Box 50, Bicester, Oxon 0X25 1PZ




Key of the Door?

Sam's supporters marked his 21st birthday travelling from Hackney to Aylesbury (where he was then  imprisoned) in an open-top London bus decorated with banners and posters calling for his release. On arrival, campaigners held an impromptu 21st birthday party for Sam at the prison gates  while the bus toured the town centre passing the prison at regular intervals.


Jumping for Justice

Sam Hallam supporter Bobbieleigh Whitty completed a 12,000 feet sponsored parachute jump to raise funds for the campaign. Campaigners waited patiently with Bobbieleigh at the "drop zone" in Oxfordshire for 8 hours before the weather cleared sufficiently for her  to take to the skies. 




Brum Vigil

The campaign delivered an extensive dossier of new evidence supporting Sam's innocence to the Criminal Cases Review Commission . To coincide with the dossier’s presentation, Sam's family, neighbours, friends and supporters  held a vigil outside the Commission’s offices in Birmingham. 




March for Justice

Hundreds of campaign supporters marched a 4 mile route through Hackney on Sunday 23 September 2007 to highlight Sam's case and to call for Sam's release and exoneration.  




Ray Winstone ITV film

The campaign for SAM HALLAM received a major boost with the national broadcast of a 30 minute Tonight with Trevor McDonald film on ITV1 investigating the case for Sam's innocence. The programme was presented by the well-known actor Ray Winstone whose nephew is a close friend of Sam.