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Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

Court quashes Hillsborough verdict


LONDON — After nearly a quarter of a century, the families of the victims of Britain's worst sports disaster are closer than ever in their campaign for the truth.

Britain's High Court and the government delivered twin decisions Wednesday that marked significant milestones in the relatives' search for justice over the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy in which 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death.

A new criminal investigation was ordered by the home secretary, and about an hour later, Britain's top judge overturned the original ruling that the 96 deaths at the F.A. Cup semifinal match were accidental.

"I'd like a corporate manslaughter verdict in the inquest — it's the least for what they have done," said Anne Williams, whose 15-year-old son, Kevin, died at Hillsborough.

Williams was in a wheelchair inside the court on Wednesday, weeks after being diagnosed with bowel cancer. Now she has renewed hope that she will live to see the full truth about her son's death established in court.

"I am glad we never gave up. It has been hard," Williams said. "God willing, I will be here, it has been a long wait to see justice."

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