Alison Saunders: I was right not to charge Lord Janner with child sex abuse – Daily Telegraph

‘Director of Public Prosecutions claims she made correct decision not to bring case against Labour peer as she urges critics to challenge her in court ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd April 2015

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Critics of Lord Janner decision misunderstand justice system – The Guardian

‘The creation of the Crown Prosecution Service nearly 30 years ago was pretty traumatic for the police. I remember it well and wrote a book about it at the time. Overnight, detectives lost the power to decide what charges should be brought against people they had arrested. Instead, the director of public prosecutions — whose remit had been confined to cases of “importance or difficulty” for the previous 100 years — took responsibility in 1986 for most public prosecutions across England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 22nd April 2015

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Home Office ordered to bring back migrant mother and five-year-old son deported to Nigeria – The Independent

‘The Home Office has been ordered to arrange for a deported migrant family to be returned to Britain from Nigeria – in a landmark ruling that threatens to undermine the Government’s “deport first, appeal later” policy.

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The Independent, 22nd April 2015

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Man died in prison after police wrongly took him from psychiatric unit, inquest finds – The Guardian

‘Mark Groombridge killed himself in Dovegate prison two weeks after he was removed from secure ward by probation officers and recalled to prison – a move that probably contributed to his death, jury finds.’

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The Guardian, 17th April 2015

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Lord Janner sex abuse charge decision fails ‘victims’ – BBC News

Posted April 17th, 2015 in child abuse, evidence, mental health, news, prosecutions, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Alleged victims of child sex abuse by Lord Janner have been failed by the decision not to charge him, a police and crime commissioner (PCC) has said.’

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BBC News, 17th April 2015

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European Court backs UK-Lithuania extradition – BBC News

Posted April 17th, 2015 in extradition, human rights, mental health, murder, news by sally

‘A Lithuanian man accused of serious offences including murders has lost his attempt to persuade the European Court of Human Rights to stop his extradition from the UK.’

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BBC News, 16th April 2015

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Lord Janner will not face trial over abuse claims – The Guardian

‘Labour peer Lord Janner of Braunstone will escape charges for the second time over alleged historical child sex crimes, prosecution sources have confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 16th April 2015

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Pensioner spared jail after stabbing wife, 77, through heart – Daily Telegraph

‘Anthony Mann, 78, kissed chronically-ill wife Jean and said ‘I love you’ after pressure of caring for her led to ‘impulse’ crime .’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th April 2015

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The Round-up: Black Spiders and Superhero Jurisdictions – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 10th, 2015 in asylum, citizenship, homosexuality, immigration, mental health, news by tracey

‘Hannah Lynes brings us the latest edition of the Human Rights Round-up.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th April 2015

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Banker dubbed ‘Crazy Miss Cokehead’ awarded £3.2m for sexual harassment – Daily Telegraph

‘Cambridge graduate Svetlana Lokhova in cash payout from London branch of Sberbank CIB after being driven to mental breakdown by bullying colleagues.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th April 2015

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Nigerian gay rights activist has her High Court asylum bid rejected – because judge doesn’t believe she is lesbian – The Independent

‘A Nigerian gays right activist who fears imprisonment and death because of her sexuality has had her case for asylum rejected by the High Court – after a judge ruled that she was pretending to be lesbian.

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The Independent, 3rd April 2015

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Mental Capacity Law Newsletter – 39 Essex Chambers

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in deprivation of liberty safeguards, mental health, news, Scotland by sally

Mental Capacity Law Newsletter (PDF)

39 Essex Chambers, March 2015

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Court has no “superhero” jurisdiction says Home Office in unlawful detention case – Free Movement

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in detention, expert witnesses, immigration, mental health, news by sally

‘In the case of Xue v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 825 (Admin) the Home Office claimed that the court had no “superhero” jurisdiction and could not or should interfere with the right of the Secretary of State indefinitely to detain a foreign national. Happily for the woman concerned, who was detained for two years at the Yarl’s Wood detention camp before being released and who during that time underwent a catastrophic decline in mental and physical health, Mrs Justice Laing disagreed. A finding of unlawful detention was made and some very limited damages were awarded covering only the final month of her detention.’

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Free Movement, 2nd April 2015

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Yarl’s Wood migrant ‘can sue government over prescribed drug’ – BBC News

‘A migrant who claims her psychosis was triggered by medication given to her at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre is to be allowed to sue the government.’

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BBC News, 1st April 2015

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Disability discrimination goes to full trial – Nearly Legal

‘When the Court of Appeal held that a disability discrimination defence to possession under Equality Act 2010 had to face the same ‘seriously arguable’ summary test as an Article 8 defence, we were surprised, and very unimpressed. It seems the Supreme Court felt similarly (and unanimously), although sadly it did not help the tenant in this case.’

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Nearly Legal, 29th March 2015

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Mental Capacity Law Newsletter – Thirty Nine Essex Street

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Thirty Nine Essex Street, February 2015

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Eleanor de Freitas inquest: Family’s anger at suicide verdict for woman who killed herself before trial for ‘false rape claim’ – The Independent

‘The family of a young woman who killed herself days before she was due to stand trial for making false rape allegations have attacked the inquest into her death, saying they may launch legal proceedings over alleged failings by the CPS for allowing her case to go to court.’

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The Independent, 17th March 2015

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Supreme Court considers tests for justification under s15 Equality Act 2010 and Article 8 ECHR in a housing eviction case against a disabled tenant – Cloisters

‘The Supreme Court handed down its decision yesterday in Akerman-Livingstone v. Aster Communities Ltd (formerly Flourish Homes Ltd) [2015] UKSC 15 in which it considered the test of justification for discrimination under section 15 of the Equality Act 2010 (the EqA) as compared with justification for Article 8 of the Convention.’

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Cloisters, 12th March 2015

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Legal aid, young people and the review that never happened – LegalVoice

‘The Ministry of Justice has in the last few weeks quietly backed down on the promise of a full review on the effects of legal aid cuts on children and young people.’

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LegalVoice, 10th March 2015

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Regina (Letts) v Lord Chancellor (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (Letts) v Lord Chancellor (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) [2015] EWHC 402 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 90

‘The Lord Chancellor’s Exceptional Funding Guidance (Inquests) (promulgated under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012) was unlawful in that it provided a misleading impression of the law for caseworkers considering an application from relatives of a deceased for legal aid to cover representation at an inquest into a death which arose in circumstances which might have engaged article 2 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.’

WLR Daily, 20th February 2015

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