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Was Derek Bentley a victim of the justice system?


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I believe it is safe to say that Bentley's case would have had a different outcome had he been tried in the 21st century. Britian no longer executes their criminals and most certainly Bentley's circumstances would have weighted heavily in his favor. His borderline low IQ in itself would have spared him his eventual fate. The fact that he was not the actual killer but an accomplice would also be considered. So, l guess the answer is 'yes' to a certain degree, he was a victim of the justice system he faced.