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.
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.
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.
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.