Tributes have been paid to former Lord Chief Justice Lord Lane - best known for throwing out the appeal of the Birmingham Six before their convictions were quashed - who has died aged 87.
Lord Lane famously dismissed an appeal against conviction of the six in 1987, four years before they were cleared of the pub bombings.
At the time of the trial he said: "The longer this case has gone on, the more convinced this court has become that the verdict of the jury was correct."
The convictions of the Birmingham Six were later quashed after it was discovered that the accuseds' confessions had been improperly admitted in evidence.
The former Shrewsbury School pupil's words would return to haunt him until he died. Lord Lane's judicial record of impartiality was impeccable and he was praised for his bravery in calling for prison sentences for non- violent offenders to be exceptional and, when imposed, should be no longer than necessary.
Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, said: "Lord Lane was a great lawyer and compassionate judge. Though he is perhaps most associated in the public's mind with the Birmingham Six case, that should not overshadow his lasting contribution to the law as High Court judge, Lord Justice of Appeal and as Lord Chief Justice."
Lord Lane, who began on the Midland circuit after he was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 1946, was also well-known for his controversial comments.
He was a long-time and fierce opponent of the Government intervening in what he saw to be the judiciary's business.
In 1989 he told the House of Lords: "Loss of freedom seldom happens overnight... oppression does not stand on the doorstep with a toothbrush and swastika armband.
"It creeps up step by step and all of a sudden the unfortunate citizen realises that freedom has gone." Lord Lane believed that the mandatory life sentence for murder was out-of-date and resulted in potential injustice.
His view that a murder sentence should be decided by the judiciary was taken up by the Government and incorporated into the Criminal Justice Act 2003.
He was married for 60 years and had one son.