At his trial at Liverpool Crown Court, Simms claimed he was the victim of an elaborate frameup
in which someone had managed to break into his pub while he was upstairs, murder Helen, dress himself in his clothes, steal his car to take the body away and then bring it back later unnoticed and breaking back into the pub to return the car keys.
(5) The NKVD employment of Spanish Stalinists like Victori Sala, a key figure in the attempted frameup
of the POUM, while they were in exile in Mexico during World War II, was exposed by Venona.
During the late 1930s, for example, he defended the Moscow Trials, a judicial frameup
of certain Soviet leaders who Joseph Stalin wanted out of the way.
Six years of appeals followed involving substantial allegations of juror misconduct,(55) witness tampering,(56) evidence fabrication,(57) and judicial misconduct.(58) Eventually, someone else claimed to have committed the crime.(59) Throughout the proceedings, local immigrant and anarchist groups treated the case as a frameup
and fought for the defendants.
Radelet, a University of Florida sociologist, Bedau, a Tufts University professor of philosophy, and Putnam, a Boston-area writer, have compiled a ghastly collection of horror stories - cases of mistaken identity, innocent error, deliberate frameup
, excessive prosecutorial zeal, and police malfeasance.
Like their colleagues tagged in the Delos Santos killing, Arquilita and Perez were indicted for murder, torture and frameup
(8) See, as an introduction, Alan Wald, The New York Intellectuals: The Rise and Decline of the Anti-Stalinist Left from the 1930s to the 1980s (Chapel Hill 1987), 128-163; Max Shachtman, Behind the Moscow Trial: The Greatest Frameup
in History (New York 1936); John Dewey, et al., Not Guilty: Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Charges Made Against Leon Trotsky in the Moscow Trials (New York 1938).