Hacker was naive not criminal, says expert – The Independent

Posted January 16th, 2009 in autism, computer crime, criminal responsibility, news by sally

“A British computer expert hacked into US military networks through ‘naivety’ as a result of his Asperger’s Syndrome and should not be considered a criminal, an expert said today.”

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The Independent, 15th January 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Reforming the law on intoxication – Law Commission

Posted January 15th, 2009 in alcohol abuse, criminal responsibility, press releases by sally

“On 15 January 2009 we published our report on ‘Intoxication and Criminal Liability’.  Our report addresses the law governing the extent to which a defendant may rely on his or her drunken or otherwise intoxicated state at the time he or she committed a criminal offence to avoid liability.  The report focuses on the situation where the defendant was voluntarily intoxicated.  However, the report also addresses the more unusual situation where the defendant’s intoxication was involuntary.”

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Law Commission, 15th January 2009

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Under 14s ‘should not be locked up’ – The Independent

Posted June 30th, 2008 in children, criminal responsibility, news by sally

“Children under 14 should not be held criminally responsible and should never be locked up for their crimes, according to a scathing report.”

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The Independent, 30th June 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

R v Wood – WLR Daily

Posted June 26th, 2008 in alcoholism, criminal responsibility, law reports, murder by sally

R v Wood [2008] EWCA Crim 1305; [2008] WLR (D) 204

“In addressing a plea of diminished responsibility in the context of alcohol dependency syndrome, the jury must consider whether it had been established that the defendant’s syndrome was of such an extent and nature that it constituted an abnormality of mind induced by disease or illness, and, if that were established, whether the defendant’s mental responsibility for his actions at the time of the killing was substantially impaired as a result of the syndrome.”

WLR Daily, 25th June 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Regina v W. Stevenson & Sons (a Partnership) – Times Law Reports

Posted March 5th, 2008 in criminal responsibility, law reports, partnerships by sally

Regina v W. Stevenson & Sons (a Partnership)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Legislation could render a partnership criminally liable as a separate entity from its individual partners. However, confiscation proceedings could not properly be brought against the partners’ personal assets on the basis of the partnership’s conviction.”

The Times, 5th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

R v W Stevenson & Sons (A Partnership) – WLR Daily

Posted February 27th, 2008 in criminal responsibility, law reports, partnerships by sally

R v W Stevenson & Sons (A Partnership) [2008] EWCA Crim 273; WLR (D) 60

“Legislation could render a partnership criminally liable as a separate entity from its individual partners. However, confiscation proceedings could not properly be brought against the personal assets of the partners on the basis of the partnership’s conviction.”

WLR Daily, 26th February 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Conspiracy and attempts – Law Commission

Posted October 11th, 2007 in conspiracy, criminal responsibility by sally

“A project to reform the law governing the criminal liability of those who agree to or attempt to commit offences.”

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Law Commission, 10th October 2007

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

‘Raise the criminal age to 18’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 17th, 2007 in criminal responsibility, news, young offenders by sally

“The age of criminal responsibility should be raised from 10 to as high as 18, a report says today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th May 2007 

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk  

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