Following on from the "capital punishment" thread and cases where innocent people have been convicted and sentenced to death, recently there has been a case of alleged rape where the police attempted to deny the defence from seeing phone records that would have proved that the accused was innocent. Liam Allen had his life turned upside down as a result. There is also the enormous cost to the taxpayer that an investigation, and prosection lawyers, not to mention the amount of time this would have taken up in the court system. It seems that the police involved could be guilty of gross misconduct if nothing else. There have beem other famous or infamous cases where innocent people have been convicted. It seems that the police need to be policed more vigorously themselves to ensure that this kind of miscarriage of justice is prevented. But how is this going to happen? The IPPC is already well estsblished, but they only step in after a miscarriage of justice takes place. I have no idea how or if this kind of thing can ever be prevented, and if police officers are found to have kept evidence secret, or prevented defense attorneys from seeing all evidence, then what should happen to those officers found guilty? And what in reality does happen to them if anything?