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GEOFFREY DAWSON (BARON LANE) LANE - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 317199

GEOFFREY DAWSON LANE (BARON LANE) The controversial Lord Chief Justice has signed simply as "Lane", the appropriate usage after he was honored with a life peerage in 1979. Signature: "Lane", 6x4. Ink caption (unknown hand): The Right Hon. the Lord Lane.

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GEOFFREY DAWSON LANE (BARON LANE) The controversial Lord Chief Justice has signed simply as "Lane", the appropriate usage after he was honored with a life peerage in 1979. Signature: "Lane", 6x4. Ink caption (unknown hand): The Right Hon. the Lord Lane. English judge Geoffrey Dawson Lane (1918-2005), who was honored with a lifetime peerage as Baron Lane in 1979, was an RAF squadron leader in World War II, flying Dakota transport aircraft on D-Day and for the Arnhem airborne landings. He was called to the bar in 1946, specializing in criminal cases. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1962, prosecuting the Great Train robbery case that same year. He joined the High Court in 1966, delivering some notable judgments, including England's first conviction of a man for raping his wife. He became Lord Justice of Appeal in Ordinary in 1979, the same year he was honored as Baron Lane. One year later, he became Lord Chief Justice of England. Lane generated much controversy in the first appeal of the judgment against the Birmingham Six, the group of IRA members accused of bombing a Birmingham pub. Lane refused to accept the possibility, in the face of mounting evidence, that there had been police misconduct. (A later appeal, not heard by Lane, exonerated the defendants, who were awarded very large damages in a civil case). Despite calls for his resignation, Lane remained in office until 1992. In 1993, he headed a commission which recommended the end of mandatory life sentences for murder. Toned. Pencil note (unknown hand) scratched out ink at top left corner. Fine condition.

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