Melford Stevenson

Melford Stevenson

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Sir Aubrey Melford Steed Stevenson PC (17 October 1902 – 26 December 1987) was a British lawyer and High Court judge who served in many high-profile cases. He defended Ruth Ellis and prosecuted suspected serial killer John Bodkin Adams, both unsuccessfully.


Stevenson was educated at Dulwich College.Obituary of Sir Melford Stevenson: An outstanding and outspoken judge. The Times, 28 December 1987 from (subscription required), Gale Group, Gale Document Number:CJ117545223 He became a barrister in 1925. From 1940–1945 he served as a Deputy Judge Advocate with the rank of major. He was appointed King's Counsel in 1943. In 1945 he served at the Nuremberg trials as Judge Advocate at the "Peleus Affair" trial. Heinz-Wilhelm Eck and two other officers of the German submarine U852 were sentenced to death by firing squad. A year later in 1946, back in Britain, he sentenced Theodore Schurch to hang for spying. He unsuccessfully stood as the Conservative Party candidate in the United Kingdom general election, 1945, for the Maldon division.

In 1952 Stevenson was appointed Recorder of Cambridge (a part time judge). In 1954 he represented the British Government in Kenya during Jomo Kenyatta's unsuccessful appeal against his conviction...
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