Hate crime guidance for prosecutors to deal with social media – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Social media communications will be the subject of new guidance issued to prosecutors as part of the government’s action plan to tackle hate crime following an increase in the number of incidents.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 26th July 2016

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Hate crime: Prosecutors told to push for tougher sentences – BBC News

‘Prosecutors will be urged to push for tougher sentences for people committing hate crimes, following a rise in incidents after the EU referendum.’

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BBC News, 24th July 2016

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Poppi Worthington case: ‘Insufficient evidence’ to charge baby’s father over her death, says CPS – Daily Telegraph

‘The father of a 13-month-old girl who died after she was found with serious injuries at her home will not face any criminal charges.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th July 2016

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Prosecutions for hate crimes against disabled people surge by more than 40 per cent in a year – Daily Telegraph

‘The number of prosecutions for hate crimes against disabled people has surged by 41.3 per cent in the last year.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th July 2016

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Retiring judge uses farewell speech to blast CPS and police – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 11th, 2016 in Crown Prosecution Service, judges, news, police by sally

‘An often outspoken and controversial senior Crown Court judge used his retirement speech to slam the Crown Prosecution Service and the police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th July 2016

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Regina v Walker (Triston) [2016] EWCA Crim 751 – WLR Daily

Regina v Walker (Triston) [2016] EWCA Crim 751

‘The defendant was charged with murder. On 4 August 2007 the crown prosecutor made a decision to charge his co-accused with assisting an offender. That decision was taken employing the threshold test in the Code for Crown Prosecutors issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions (“DPP”) under section 37A of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and considering the statutory charging procedures set out in section 37B, namely that when a case was referred by police to the DPP, the DPP should decide whether there was sufficient evidence to charge, decide which offence to charge and notify the police of his decision. The co-accused was charged by police on 21 August and the next day he was sent for trial. On 10 October a crown prosecutor gave written consent to the institution of proceedings against the co-accused. At trial the co-accused gave evidence which was broadly supportive of the defendant’s account but which contradicted that account in some respects. The defendant was convicted of murder. He sought leave to appeal against conviction, contending that the proceedings against the co-accused were a nullity, since the DPP had not given his consent until after he had been sent for trial; that, therefore, the co-accused should not have been on the same indictment as the defendant; that the co-accused’s contradictory evidence had done collateral damage to the defendant’s case; and that the conviction was therefore unsafe.’

WLR Daily, 1st July 2016

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Outrage as war crimes prosecutors say Tony Blair will not be investigated over Chilcot’s Iraq war report – but British soldiers could be – Daily Telegraph

‘Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court will examine the Chilcot report for evidence of abuse and torture by British soldiers but have already ruled out putting Tony Blair on trial for war crimes.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 2016

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Senior judge: bigger fine discounts needed for companies agreeing deferred prosecution agreements – OUT-LAW.com

‘Companies should receive substantial discounts on fines if they enter into deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) after uncovering and self-reporting corruption offences, according to one of the UK’s most senior judges.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th June 2016

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They think they’ve got away: How to catch a historical sex offender – BBC News

‘Sex offenders think they’ll get away with it. And often they do. Sometimes it can take years to bring them to justice, while others escape retribution altogether. So how do you go about making sure perpetrators of horrendous crimes committed in the distant past are caught and convicted?’

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BBC News, 20th June 2016

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Doctors could be prosecuted for gender-based abortion following British lawyers appeal to European Court of Human Rights – Daily Telegraph

‘Doctors who aborted foetuses based on their gender could finally be successfully prosecuted after British lawyers launched an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights calling for a reform of abortion law.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th June

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Crown Prosecution Service statement: Operation Lydd – CPS News Brief

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has considered a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police relating to one suspect in connection with allegations made concerning the movement and alleged ill treatment of Abdel Hakim Belhadj and his wife, Fatima Boudchar, and Sami Al Saadi and his wife and children from countries in South East Asia to Libya in 2004.’

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CPS News Brief, 9th June 2016

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CPS will not bring charges against MI6 over rendition of Libyan families – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors are set to announce that they are bringing no charges following a police investigation into MI6’s involvement in the kidnapping of two families who were “rendered” to the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s prisons, despite protests by the victims and their lawyers that the evidence against the agency is overwhelming.’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2016

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Father of Eleanor de Freitas loses battle for fresh inquest – The Guardian

Posted May 25th, 2016 in coroners, Crown Prosecution Service, families, inquests, news, rape, suicide by sally

‘The father of a woman who killed herself days before she was due in court on suspicion of making a false rape claim has lost his legal battle for a new inquest into her death.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2016

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Judge throws out CPS challenge to innocence of protesters who blockaded London arms fair – The Independent

Posted May 25th, 2016 in appeals, Crown Prosecution Service, demonstrations, inquiries, news, weapons by sally

‘A judge has thrown out an appeal by the Crown Prosecution Service against a decision to acquit protesters who tried to blockade the world’s biggest arms fair.’

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The Independent, 24th May 2016

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‘Take allergies seriously or face jail’ says CPS after curry house owner convicted of manslaughter – Daily Telegraph

‘Food businesses have been warned by the CPS to take allergies seriously or face jail, after a restaurateur was imprisoned for six years for killing a customer by selling him a curry.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd May 2016

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RSPCA to step back from launching prosecutions for hunting – The Guardian

‘The new head of the RSPCA has pledged to continue passing information about illegal fox-hunting and farm cruelty to the police but said that in the past the charity had struck the wrong tone when championing animal rights.’

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The Guardian, 16th May 2016

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CPS forced to remind police investigating historical sex abuse to ignore dead suspects – The Independent

Posted May 16th, 2016 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, police, prosecutions, sexual offences by sally

‘Chief constables have had to be reminded that the dead cannot be charged with criminal offences, after the Crown Prosecution Service complained of receiving a number of requests regarding dead suspects.’

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The Independent, 13th May 2016

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Detective criticised for ‘getting too close’ in alleged rape case – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2016 in Crown Prosecution Service, disclosure, evidence, news, police, rape by sally

‘A senior judge has criticised a police detective and the Crown Prosecution Service for their handling of an accusation of gang rape after the case against four young men collapsed just as their trial was due to begin.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2016

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Hillsborough: The remaining questions – Daily Telegraph

‘As the dust settles after an historic victory for the 27 year Hillsborough justice campaign, The Telegraph tackles some of the remaining questions.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th April 2016

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Hillsborough inquest timeline: the long wait for justice – The Guardian

‘The families of the 96 people fatally injured at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final have been fighting for the truth for 27 years.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2016

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