Posts Tagged ‘ Law ’

You’re Not Guilty…

December 8, 2014 No Comments
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…but here’s your punishment (for what others did) anyway: District Judge Peter King was told by the offender that he had felt threatened and frightened as a result of the Facebook posts about him. He said comments added to McCloskey’s Facebook page included suggestions that he should be shot, hanged and have parts of his anatomy cut off. The offender said he was in fear of a potential attack further…

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They Don’t Like It Up ‘em!*

April 1, 2014 9 Comments
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Is this yet another CPS car-crash in the making? Dr Katrina Erskine, consultant gynaecologist and head of obstetrics at Homerton Hospital, Hackney, said she was angered by the case selected for the first prosecution because it gave a “misleading” impression of FGM, and risked deterring other doctors and midwives from giving appropriate care to affected women. This isn’t the usual ‘no! not us, we’re special!’ backlash from the medical profession,…

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Suddenly Not Too Happy About The Opportunities For Appeal?

July 24, 2013 4 Comments
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The Lodge was forced to close in June when the city council refused to renew its entertainment licence, despite granting one a year earlier. Owner Al Thompson took his fight to the High Court, but Mister Justice Haddon-Cave decided in favour of the council. Mr Thompson, who spent £10,000 refurbishing the venue, has now applied to the Court of Appeal to review the matter. The club has since re-opened pending…

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Surely Lawyers Ought To Know Hard Cases Make Bad Law?

June 12, 2013 4 Comments
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The move follows several high-profile cases – such as that of the violinist Frances Andrade, who killed herself after giving evidence in court about historic indecent assaults – that have raised questions about how victims should be treated. ‘The move’ being…? Vulnerable victims will be allowed to have their evidence and cross-examinations pre-recorded for court under a pilot scheme being launched by Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, on Tuesday. Once…

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Actually, You’ll Find It Really IS A ‘Badge Of Honour’…

November 3, 2012 Comments Off
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Joshua Rozenburg whines about the prisoner vote issue, though not for the reasons you might expect: The prime minister’s announcement that “prisoners are not getting the vote under this government” is profoundly depressing. I say that not because I have a strong view on the policy itself. I would be perfectly content, for example, for judges to deprive prisoners of their voting rights in the same way they deprive prisoners…

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If CCTV Is The Answer, I Have To Wonder Just What The Question Is…

July 11, 2012 18 Comments
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Chemistry teacher Jack Goodwin lost his job at Beverley Grammar School after being charged with causing grievous bodily harm. Mr Goodwin, whose father Chris is a former head teacher at the same school, is now appealing the academy’s decision to dismiss him. The 36-year-old faced a seven-month ordeal waiting for his court case, only to be told on the day of his trial the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was offering…

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Nice Idea, Yes. But Get Your Hands Out Of My Pocket, There’s A Good Chap…

April 26, 2012 19 Comments
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Richard Stallman on e-books and the restrictions they don’t share with traditional books: I love the novel The Jehovah Contract, and I’d like everyone else to love it, too. I have lent it out at least six times over the years. Printed books let us do that. I couldn’t do it with most commercial ebooks; it’s not allowed. And that’s not the only issue. Many other habits that readers are…

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Paul Blart: Internet vigilante

February 24, 2012 1 Comment
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Paul Blart: Internet vigilante

  Official secrecy about schools’ exam results; official secrecy about climate data; official secrecy about  the European Union; official secrecy about the ethnicity of malefactors; official secrecy about the true teachings of Islam – who can be surprised if our masters want to censor the facts about the distribution of violent crime about the nation’s capital? If we knew all about important stuff we’d likely do something our owners in…

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Blatant Rentseeking We Can All See Coming A Mile Off!

February 13, 2012 2 Comments
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A man seriously hurt in a car accident involving a driver with poor eyesight is urging compulsory eye tests for all motorists. Oh? When? Gareth Gault, 42, of the Grove, Southend, is backing a national campaign to force drivers to be tested before they are allowed a licence. Right. OK, well, we already (sort of) do that. You have to read a number plate at the prescribed distance, and –…

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Don’t Know Whether They Are Coming Or Going…

December 13, 2011 13 Comments
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Lord Judge’s comments at the Royal Courts of Justice today follow a call by the independent Homicide Advisory Review Group for the mandatory life sentence for murder to be scrapped. The group, whose members include former judges, lawyers and prison governors, claimed the compulsory life term was “outdated” and “unjust” and that judges should be given the power to determine punishment on a case-by-case basis. Or, in other words, ‘My…

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There oughtta be a law against it

November 9, 2011 18 Comments
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There oughtta be a law against it

Oh yes, a law. God forbid that we should sit down and think an important decision through rationally. That would never do, so having done something remarkably silly that we now regret we should demand that the state protect us from ourselves. That’s partly so that nobody else makes the same mistake, but when it’s something really exceptional that very, very few other people are inclined to do in the…

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But… but… but… women just don’t do that

October 20, 2011 6 Comments
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No, this isn’t another incidence of crying rape when nothing happened, and to hell with the consequences on any man unfortunate enough to be picked up for it. This is sexual assault by a female, and for the benefit of any PC types and GROLIES who may have stumbled across this by accident and haven’t found the exit, yes you did read that correctly. Having ovaries is not some magical…

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The government of the United Kingdom

October 1, 2011 6 Comments
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A showdown with the EU may come sooner than we expect. The European Commission has today threatened to sue David Cameron’s government unless it starts letting EU citizens come here to claim benefits. - Fraser Nelson Mr Cameron, you must roar Britain’s defiance at the European Union over this or the consequences for both you and the United Kingdom will be dire. These new proposals pose a fundamental challenge to the UK’s social contract [which…

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I Don’t Want To Get Into The Whole ‘Property Rights vs Disability Dogs’ Argument…

August 16, 2011 25 Comments
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…but I would ask this: Would you go to a doctor who used, as a pretext to banning a patient’s guide dog from her waiting room, the excuse that another patient’s mother had ‘liquid bones’? Or who segues instantly from the ‘Health and Safety’ excuse to the ‘I have a phobia!’ excuse when challenged? Punjabi, who said she is afraid of dogs, added that her request was polite. “We simply…

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Non-permitted discrimination

July 5, 2011 12 Comments
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Non-permitted discrimination

From the US, a story of religious discrimination. Yes, another one. Click for linky “Growing up in this country where the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of religion, I felt let down,” Khan, now a college student studying political science, said at a news conference. Basically they sacked her for wearing it. Now, Abercrombie & Fitch may be being unfair, especially as she says she was wearing the thing when…

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