Tuesday, April 20, 1999 Published at 04:00 GMT 05:00 UK
Straw urged to reconsider Bentley decision
Maria Bentley Dingwall at her uncle's grave
Lawyers for Derek Bentley - who was wrongly executed for the murder of a police officer in 1953 - are to ask the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, to reconsider his decision not to pay compensation.
But lawyers believe a significant High Court ruling in four other cases on Monday may lead to a change of heart.
The jury at his trial was not told that Mr Bentley had a mental age of 11 and controversy over the case helped to fuel the campaign for the abolition of capital punishment.
Last week, the home secretary decided that this put the matter outside the compensation scheme and also that there were no sufficiently exceptional circumstances to justify a special payment.
The judges sent back to Mr Straw claims on behalf of four defendants who had had convictions quashed for theft or fraud and had spent time in custody.
Lawyers for the Bentley family said they would now argue that the Mr Straw had improperly fettered his discretion and would ask him to think again. If not, they say they will challenge his decision at the High Court.