Drug addict jailed for stealing elderly woman’s wedding ring – The Guardian

Posted May 15th, 2012 in burglary, drug offences, news, recidivists, sentencing, theft by sally

“A drug addict who stole the wedding ring from the finger of an 87-year-old woman with cancer has been jailed for 14 years.”

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The Guardian, 14th May 2012

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Drug-drivers to face jail time under new law – The Guardian

Posted May 8th, 2012 in bills, careless driving, drug abuse, drug offences, news by sally

“Drivers found to have taken drugs face a prison sentence of up to six months and a fine of up to £5,000 under new legislation, ministers reveal on Monday.”

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The Guardian, 7th May 2012

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Lap dancer wins landmark employment ruling – The Independent

“A lap dancer has won the right to be considered an employee in a decision that could affect thousands of performers in the industry.”

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The Independent, 27th April 2012

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Man can be deported despite living in UK since age of three – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 16th, 2012 in deportation, drug offences, families, human rights, news by sally

“It has been a week of victories for the UK government in deportation cases in the European Court of Human Rights. On the same day as the ECtHR found that Abu Hamza and four others could be extradited to the US on terrorism charges, it also rejected a case of a man facing deportation despite having lived in the UK since the age of three.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th April 2012

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Cocaine dealer jailed for 10 years – The Independent

Posted April 11th, 2012 in drug offences, news, sentencing by sally

“A cocaine dealer caught with £1.3 million of the class A drug and amphetamines valued at up to £450,000 was jailed for 10 years today.”

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The Independent, 10th April 2012

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Legal high drug ‘mexxy’ banned under new government powers – The Guardian

Posted March 28th, 2012 in drug offences, news, stop and search by sally

“A so-called legal high used as an alternative to ketamine will be the first drug to be banned under new government powers, the Home Office has said.”

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The Guardian, 28th March 2012

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BOA’s lifetime doping ban goes before court of arbitration for sport – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2012 in arbitration, drug offences, news, rehabilitation, sport by sally

“The British Olympic Association will appear before the court of arbitration for sport on Monday in an attempt to uphold its lifetime doping ban, insisting it has a ‘strong case’ despite most sports lawyers expecting it to lose.”

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The Guardian, 11th March 2012

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Sentencing guideline for drug offences comes into force – Sentencing Council

Posted February 27th, 2012 in drug offences, news, sentencing by tracey

“The new definitive guideline on drug offences will be used in all courts in England and Wales from 27 February 2012.”

Definitive guideline on drug offences (PDF)

Sentecning Council, 27th February 2012

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

Crimes committed by victims of human trafficking – should they be prosecuted? – UK Human Rights Blog

“This was the first occasion when the Court of Appeal has considered the problem of child trafficking for labour exploitation. It has not previously been subject to any close analysis following the coming into force in 2005 of the European Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd February 2012

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Regina v N(A); Regina v Le – WLR Daily

Regina v N(A); Regina v Le [2012] EWCA Crim 189; [2012] WLR (D) 38

“The implementation of the United Kingdom’s obligation to comply with article 26 of the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings 2005 would normally be achieved by the proper exercise of the long established prosecutorial discretion which enabled the Crown Prosecution Service, however strong the evidence might be, to decide that it would be inappropriate to proceed with the prosecution of a defendant suspected of being involved in unlawful activities if he/she might have been the victim of trafficking for labour exploitation and might be unable to advance duress as a defence but who fell within the protective ambit of article 26.”

WLR Daily, 20th February 2012

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Drug mule jailed for double murder – The Guardian

Posted February 15th, 2012 in drug offences, gangs, murder, news, sentencing by sally

“A former cage fighter has been jailed for life for killing two gangland enforcers linked to an IRA drugs ring.”

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The Guardian, 14th February 2012

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Legal highs evade being banned as scientists run out of cash to test them – The Guardian

Posted February 15th, 2012 in budgets, drug offences, news by sally

“Scientists studying Britain’s rapidly increasing number of synthetic recreational drugs are struggling to assess the risks they pose because money for testing is being cut. Legal highs are flourishing as their manufacturers seek to stay ahead of drug classification laws by tweaking the chemical composition of their legal products to replicate the effects of illegal ones.”

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The Guardian, 14th February 2012

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Guidelines for drugs offences: an overview – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted January 30th, 2012 in drug offences, drug trafficking, news, sentencing by sally

“Last week, the Sentencing Council issued new definitive guidelines on drug offences that signify a more pragmatic and reasonable approach towards drug sentencing.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 30th January 2012

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Drug guidelines suggest lighter sentences for ‘social dealers’ – The Guardian

Posted January 24th, 2012 in drug offences, drug trafficking, medicines, news, sentencing by sally

“Recreational drug users who naively buy small quantities to share with their friends could avoid jail under sentencing guidelines for drug offences published on Tuesday.”

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The Guardian, 24th January 2012

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Sentencing Council launches new definitive guideline for drug offences – Sentencing Council

Posted January 24th, 2012 in drug offences, drug trafficking, news, sentencing by sally

“Today, the Sentencing Council is publishing a new guideline for judges and magistrates on the sentencing of drug offences.”

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Sentencing Council, 24th January 2012

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Llangoedmor man jailed over £200,000 cannabis crop – BBC News

Posted January 9th, 2012 in drug offences, news, sentencing by tracey

“A businessman has been jailed for three years after he grew a £200,000 cannabis crop as a sideline.”

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BBC News, 5th January 2012

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Drug-driving law could be toughened – The Guardian

Posted January 4th, 2012 in drug offences, news, road safety by tracey

“The government is assembling a panel of experts to look at introducing a law against taking drugs and driving, and to assess the means of testing and the possible legal limits for motorists.”

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The Guardian, 4th January 2011

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Ziebell v Land Baden-Württemberg (Case C-371/08) – WLR Daily

Posted December 14th, 2011 in citizenship, drug offences, EC law, law reports by sally

Ziebell v Land Baden-Württemberg (Case C-371/08); [2011] WLR (D) 358

“Protection against expulsion conferred by article 14(1) of EEC-Turkey Association Council Decision No 1/80 did not have the same scope as that conferred on citizens of the Union pursuant to article 28(3)(a) of Parliament and Council Directive 2004/38/EC with the result that the scheme of protection against expulsion enjoyed by the latter could not be applied mutatis mutandis to Turkish nationals for the purpose of determining the meaning and scope of article 14(1) of Decision No 1/80.”

WLR Daily, 8th December 2011

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Michael Barrymore admits cocaine possession – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 8th, 2011 in costs, drug offences, drunk and disorderly, fines, news by tracey

“The TV personality, born Michael Parker, was held after officers on routine patrol discovered the scene at the junction of The Vale and Dordrecht Road. He admitted possessing cocaine during an appearance at Ealing Magistrates’ Court today. A second charge, of being drunk and disorderly, was withdrawn. He was fined a total of £780 for the offence.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th December 2011

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The value of justice – LAG News Blog

Posted December 7th, 2011 in alcohol abuse, budgets, drug offences, family courts, news by sally

“District Judge Nicholas Crichton takes exception to the recently announced £41m increase in the cost of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics. It is difficult not to agree with him, however much you might be looking forward to next year’s festivities, especially when vital services such as the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC), which he leads, have a financial question mark hanging over their future.”

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LAG News Blog, 7th December 2011

Source: www.legalactiongroupnews.blogspot.com