An Oxford medical student stabbed her boyfriend with a bread knife. So why did she not go to prison? – The Secret Barrister

‘Lavinia Woodward, the 24-year old Oxford student who pleaded guilty to stabbing her boyfriend with a bread knife, was sentenced yesterday at Oxford Crown Court for unlawful wounding. The case caused a splash back in May when, having entered her plea, the defendant was told by the judge that she was unlikely to receive an immediate custodial sentence, in part due to her promising medical career. Thus was born the tale of the rich, blonde, white Oxford student who was “too clever” to be sent to prison. “Too clever” appears in all headlines in quotation marks, notwithstanding that no-one in court, not least the judge, ever used these words; rather this is one of the those splendid auto-generated media myths, where one tabloid shorthand was adopted by all until everyone came to accept that these words must have been said.’

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The Secret Barrister, 26th September 2017

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Refusal of citizenship to wife and children of Islamist extremist declared unlawful – Free Movement

Posted December 8th, 2015 in citizenship, families, good character, news by sally

‘The Secretary of State for the Home Department refused the citizenship applications of the wife and two minor children of an Islamist extremist on good character grounds. The refusal was justified by the Home Office as punishment by proxy which would have the effect of deterring other extremists. The High Court has declared that unlawful in the case of MM & GY & TY v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 3513 (Admin).’

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Free Movement, 8th December 2015

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

Regina v Hunter (Nigel); Regina v Saruwu (Joseph); Regina v Johnstone (Ian); Regina v Walker (Alan); Regina v Lonsdale (Paul) – WLR Daily

Posted April 30th, 2015 in crime, good character, jury directions, law reports by sally

Regina v Hunter (Nigel); Regina v Saruwu (Joseph); Regina v Johnstone (Ian); Regina v Walker (Alan); Regina v Lonsdale (Paul) [2015] EWCA Crim 631; [2015] WLR (D) 176

‘Only defendants with a good character or deemed to be of effective good character were entitled to a good character direction. Where a defendant had a bad character, a judge was not obliged to give a good character direction; he or she had a discretion.’

WLR Daily, 16th April 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Curbing the Good Character Direction – Zenith Chambers

Posted April 29th, 2015 in appeals, civil procedure rules, crime, good character, juries, news by sally

‘A specially constituted fivemember Court of Appeal handed down judgment last week in the case of R v Hunter & Others [2015] EWCA Crim 631. The court heard a number of appeals concerning the circumstances in which a good character direction should be given and the extent of such a direction.’

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Zenith Chambers, 20th April 2015

Source: www.zenithchambers.co.uk

Regina v D (P) – WLR Daily

Posted January 30th, 2012 in domestic violence, good character, jury directions, law reports, rape by sally

Regina v D (P) [2012] EWCA Crim 19; [2012] WLR (D) 10

“The fact that the effect of a good character direction might be undermined by the facts of a particular case provided no justification for a judge to decline to give any such direction.”

WLR Daily, 26th January 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk