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MPs call for urgent review of joint-enterprise law

Justice committee report finds that many sentenced for murder under law should have been convicted of lesser crimes

An urgent review of joint-enterprise prosecutions is needed to prevent “over-charging”, MPs will warn on Wednesday, amid fears that the doctrine is being exploited as a dragnet to haul in young men from ethnic minorities.

In a highly critical report, the Commons justice select committee suggests that many people convicted of murder under the complex legislation should have been charged with manslaughter or lesser crimes, and that the threshold for establishing culpability should be raised.

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