Melbourne boxer 'wrongly convicted' of murder fights to clear his name

In 2010, the Victorian Court of Appeal rejected Baker's application to appeal his conviction. The High Court granted him leave to appeal his conviction in 2011, but dismissed that appeal in 2012.

Now, RMIT University's Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative, which campaigns to clear the names of people it believes have been wrongly convicted of crimes, has taken up Baker's case.

It has appealed to Victorian Attorney General Jill Hennessy for judicial mercy, asking her to refer the case to the Court of Appeal, "with a view to an acquittal".

Director Michele Ruyters said she believed Baker had "an exceptional case for an acquittal".

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When the law convicts an innocent person

The law has rules of engagement about the kinds of evidence that can be heard by a jury or trier of fact.  These rules of evidence are there to make sure the trial process is fair for the parties involved but sometimes, they can prevent the jury from hearing very significant information.  

In 2008, young champion boxer Khalid Baker was convicted of murder of a young man who tragically fell from a first-floor window at a warehouse party.   

Khalid and his co-accused LM were leaving the party with another friend when an altercation broke out with the victim.  

Khalid was convicted despite admissions made by his co-accused to the police and other witnesses, and in our opinion, despite evidence indicating it was physically impossible for Khalid to be involved in the fall.  

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