Ben John: Extremist ordered to read books is jailed – BBC News

‘A man told by a judge to read classic literature after being found guilty of a terrorism offence will be jailed after a suspended sentence was quashed.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2022

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Neo-Nazi terror offender ordered to read Jane Austen ‘resumed interest in far-right extremism within days’, court told – The Independent

‘A neo-Nazi terror offender who was spared jail and ordered to read Jane Austen resumed his interest in far-right extremism within days, a court has heard.’

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The Independent, 19th January 2022

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Prince Philip’s will: legal battle launched over media exclusion from hearing – The Guardian

Posted November 18th, 2021 in attorney general, media, news, private hearings, public interest, royal family, wills by tracey

‘Legal action against the attorney general and the Queen’s private lawyers has been initiated over a decision to ban media organisations from a court hearing about the Duke of Edinburgh’s will.’

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The Guardian, 18th November 2021

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‘Huge increase in political litigation’: Braverman defends JR reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 22nd, 2021 in attorney general, bills, judicial review, judiciary, news, parliament, Supreme Court by sally

‘The attorney general has defended the government’s decision to reform judicial review, telling public law specialists that cases such as the Article 50 and prorogation challenges have introduced ‘uncertainty’ into the constitutional balance between parliament, government and the courts.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th October 2021

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Attorney General hits out at rise in “political litigation” and defends reforms to judicial review – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 21st, 2021 in attorney general, constitutional law, judicial review, judiciary, news, parliament by sally

‘The last decade or so has demonstrated an increased appetite for political litigation, “and, more worryingly, an appetite for putting judges in an invidious position”, by asking them to decide essentially political matters on applications for judicial review, the Attorney General has claimed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th October 2021

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Sentence of white supremacist told to read classics referred to court of appeal – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2021 in appeals, attorney general, news, racism, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘The attorney general has referred the sentencing of a white supremacist who was ordered to read classic literature such as Pride and Prejudice to the court of appeal after agreeing with complaints it appeared unduly lenient.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2021

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‘Unduly lenient’ jail term for killing during sex considered for appeal – The Guardian

‘The attorney general’s office is considering whether to appeal against the jail term of four years and eight months handed to a man who choked his lover to death during sex.’

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The Guardian, 8th September 2021

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Call for sentence review after neo-Nazi told to read classic literature – The Guardian

Posted September 3rd, 2021 in attorney general, news, sentencing, suspended sentences, terrorism by tracey

‘The attorney general’s office has been asked to review whether an unduly lenient sentence was handed to a neo-Nazi who was ordered to read classic literature such as Pride and Prejudice. Ben John, who was convicted of a terror offence after downloading almost 70,000 white supremacist documents and bomb-making instructions, received a suspended prison term on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2021

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Attorney General warning over social media posts about Premier League footballer arrested for sex offences – Daily Telegraph

‘Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have become littered with memes purporting to identify the player, who has not been charged.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th July 2021

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Attorney General launches new campaign to combat contempt of court online – Attorney General’s Office

Posted June 28th, 2021 in attorney general, contempt of court, internet, press releases by tracey

‘A new campaign has been launched today by the Attorney General, warning of the legal consequences of prejudicing the judicial process via social media.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 28th June 2021

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Brother of Manchester arena attackers asks for immunity to take part in public inquiry – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2021 in attorney general, families, immunity, inquiries, murder, news, terrorism by tracey

‘The elder brother of the Manchester Arena bombers has asked for immunity from prosecution in return for answering questions at the public inquiry into the terror attack.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2021

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Government agrees to call pregnant ministers ‘mothers’ – The Independent

‘The government has agreed to change the wording in its new maternity leave legislation from referring to “pregnant people” to “mothers” after the phrasing was rejected by the House of Lords – despite gender-neutral language being government convention.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2021

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Discretionary Life Sentences – Setting the minimum term – ½ or 2/3 of the notional determinate sentence – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted February 25th, 2021 in attorney general, dangerous offenders, news, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘James Wood QC discusses recent sentence appeals on minimum terms in discretionary life sentences. He assesses the likely impact of the recent statutory changes increasing the minimum term to be served by some prisoners serving determinate sentences from ½ to 2/3. He identifies prosecutorial appeals to increase minimum terms in discretionary life sentences by the Attorney General, and warns that the judicial and statutory drift appears to be towards a similar lengthening from ½ to 2/3 of the minimum term to be served by those sentenced to discretionary life sentences on grounds of dangerousness.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 24th February 2021

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Barristers on AG panels “should consider resigning”, says top QC – Legal Futures

‘One of the country’s leading QCs has suggested that barristers on the Attorney General’s panels should consider resigning in protest at the government’s hostility to the law and lawyers.’

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Legal Futures, 13th October 2020

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Brexit: barristers question selection of legal team leading UK drive to override deal – The Guardian

Posted September 16th, 2020 in attorney general, barristers, bills, brexit, EC law, government departments, news by michael

‘The government is facing increasing scrutiny over its decision to use “committed Brexiteer” lawyers to provide advice on the legality of breaching the EU withdrawal agreement.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2020

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Harry Dunn: Family to meet with top prosecutor amid talks over trial in absentia – The Independent

‘The family of Harry Dunn has been invited to a meeting with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) amid government discussions about the possibility of a trial in the absence of the teenager’s alleged killer.’

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The Independent, 8th September 2020

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Harry Dunn death: Anne Sacoolas faces possible trial in absentia – The Guardian

‘The attorney general for England and Wales, Suella Braverman, is considering trying the wife of a US intelligence officer in her absence on a charge of causing the death by dangerous driving of the teenager Harry Dunn.’

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The Guardian, 25th August 2020

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PC Andrew Harper killing: sentences referred to attorney general – The Guardian

Posted August 5th, 2020 in attorney general, homicide, juries, news, police, sentencing, theft, young offenders by sally

‘The jail terms handed to three teenagers who killed a police officer as they tried to escape the scene of a crime have been referred to the attorney general, who will consider claims they are unduly lenient.’

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The Guardian, 4th August 2020

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Shamima Begum: Bid to return in citizenship fight goes to Supreme Court – BBC News

‘The case of runaway Shamima Begum, who is fighting to return to the UK from Syria, will go to the Supreme Court.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2020

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Public prosecutor faces legal action over Cummings’ Durham trip – The Guardian

‘A judicial review is being sought over the failure of the director of public prosecutions, Max Hill, to investigate Dominic Cummings for alleged breaches of the coronavirus lockdown rules.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2020

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