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MPs urge review of laws which helped convict Stephen Lawrence's killers

An urgent review is needed into so-called 'joint enterprise' legislation to stop people being sentenced to life in prison for murder when they were not directly involved in the killing, a group of MPs has said.

The legislation, which was used to convict the killers of black teenager Stephen Lawrence, currently contains a rule that in a joint enterprise murder, it is not possible to charge "minor" players - who did not encourage or assist in the crime - with a lesser offence such as manslaughter.

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Criminals 'should be convicted of the crime committed'

People should be deterred from being involved in criminal gang activities but those involved in so-called "joint enterprise" crimes should be sentenced for the crime they are guilty of, Sir Alan Beith has said.

The Justice Committee, chaired by the MP, has called for a review of the legislation, which currently contains a rule that in a joint enterprise murder, it is not possible to charge "minor" players with a lesser offence such as manslaughter.

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