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New Call For Turing Pardon 231

mikejuk writes "As 2012, Alan Turing Year, draws to close a group of highly regarded UK scientists, including Professor Stephen Hawking, have repeated the call for a posthumous pardon for Turing's criminal conviction in a letter to the Telegraph. The letter has re-opened the debate, which is controversial even for those who support the idea that Turing was treated in an unfair and appalling way, was formally acknowledged by the UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009 when he apologized for the treatment Turing had received. In February Justice Minister Lord McNally rebuffed a 23,000 signature petition for a pardon saying: 'A posthumous pardon was not considered appropriate as Alan Turing was properly convicted of what at the time was a criminal offense.'"
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New Call For Turing Pardon

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 17, 2012 @01:06PM (#42315645)

    Jews were typically declared "enemies of the State" by the Nazis, allowing for their persecution. The reality was that it was the State which was the "enemy of the Jews."

  • by girlintraining ( 1395911 ) on Monday December 17, 2012 @02:04PM (#42316277)

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