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"Both myself and leading appeal advocate Claire Mitchell thought it was important as that as we start to build our application for the SCCRC that we take the important step of visiting Orkney.
In 2014, the SCCRC's 200-page report ruled out referring Mitchell's case back to the Court of Criminal Appeal, maintaining he would have been found guilty on the evidence presented at trial.
The SCCRC has in its 20-year has referred 140 cases to the appeal court and it is exceptional for a case to be referred twice.
SCCRC chief executive Gerard Sinclair said: "In any application where an applicant has previously chosen to abandon an appeal against conviction, the commission will look carefully at the reasons why the appeal was abandoned and consider whether it is in the interests of justice to allow a further review.
The SCCRC - a body which examines cases for possible miscarriages of justice - has previously refused to refer hers for appeal judges to consider.
Victims' relatives, led by Dr Swire, tried to have the conviction overturned posthumously but the SCCRC ruled they could only re-examine if asked by the family.
The SCCRC confirmed it had received the letter from US families.
An investigation by the SCCRC led to a finding in 2007 of six grounds where it believed a miscarriage of justice may have occurred, paving the way for a second appeal.
As a condition of his release, Megrahi was required to drop an appeal against his conviction that had been granted by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) in 2007.
A successful application from Megrahi's family to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) could start the third appeal into the conviction.
The author insists the new evidence goes beyond the findings of Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC), which permitted the appeal against Megrahis conviction that was subsequently abandoned ahead of Megrahi's release on compassionate grounds.
sentence before the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC).
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