Libya father Belaid jailed for kidnap of Welsh girl – BBC News

Posted November 11th, 2014 in child abduction, imprisonment, news, sentencing by michael

‘A man who refused to return his child to Wales after kidnapping her and taking her to Libya two years ago has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.’

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BBC News, 10th November 2014

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Magistrates’ leader hits back at ‘blue rinse’ stereotype – The Independent

Posted November 10th, 2014 in imprisonment, magistrates, news, sentencing by sally

‘The lay judiciary is fed up of being used as a “punch bag” by ill-informed politicians who have an outdated view of magistrates as “blue-rinse” establishment figures who like sending people to prison.’

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The Independent, 9th November 2014

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Regina v Kerrigan; Regina v Walker (Nicholas) – WLR Daily

Posted October 31st, 2014 in appeals, attempts, imprisonment, law reports, release on licence, robbery by sally

Regina v Kerrigan; Regina v Walker (Nicholas) [2014] WLR (D) 450

‘There was no automatic deduction for time spent in custody by a defendant who, following arrest, was recalled to prison, on revocation of licence, to continue serving a previous sentence.’

WLR Daily, 28th October 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Binning the smoke alarm: Why repealing the Human Rights Act would be the biggest mistake of a generation – Doughty Street Chambers

‘Following plans announced at the Conservative Party’s recent conference to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights, Harriet Johnson reminds us why we signed it in the first place, and underlines why it remains such an important safeguard over half a century later.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 3rd October 2014

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Jail for solicitor who kept on practising after being struck off – Legal Futures

Posted September 25th, 2014 in disqualification, guilty pleas, imprisonment, news, sentencing, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor has been jailed for practising despite being struck off nearly two years ago in what is thought to be the first time a court has imposed an immediate custodial sentence for such an offence.’

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Legal Futures, 25th September 2014

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Sex Offenders, prison v treatment – CrimeLine

Posted September 18th, 2014 in imprisonment, news, rehabilitation, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘In a recent case the Court of Appeal found fault with a sentence of 2 years imprisonment imposed on a man who had in his possession indecent images of children. The Court thought the appropriate starting point after trial to be in the order of 15-18 months, meaning in this case an actual sentence of 10 – 12 months, of which the offender would serve only half. So be it you might think.’

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CrimeLine, 17th September 2014

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Abolishing prison sentences for drug users: sensible or a step too far? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted August 12th, 2014 in drug abuse, health, imprisonment, news, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

‘Nick Clegg announced last week that a pledge to abolish prison sentences for the possession of drugs for personal use will form part of the Liberal Democrat’s manifesto for the next election. The manifesto commitment would include a promise to move the drug policy lead from the Home Office to the Department of Health, and would seek to divert users into treatment for their addiction, community sentences, or to civil penalties that do not attract a criminal record. The plans would even extend to the possession of Class A substances such as heroin and crack cocaine. This is a controversial proposal, but does it have merit?’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 11th August 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Criminals jailed by magistrates to pay victim surcharge – BBC News

Posted August 8th, 2014 in imprisonment, magistrates, news, restorative justice, sentencing, victims by sally

‘Criminals jailed by magistrates’ courts in England and Wales will no longer be excused from victim surcharge payments by serving extra prison time.’

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BBC News, 8th August 2014

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Prison for a day – the real issues continue to be ignored – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 20th, 2014 in community service, fines, imprisonment, news, recidivists, sentencing by sally

‘Last week we read that the Centre for Social Justice, a think tank set up by Iain Duncan Smith, has promulgated a new approach to sentencing, based on an American model. Those of you who are not of tender years will recall another approach to sentencing we took from the Americans – the sentencing guidelines; look how well they have turned out.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 19th May 2014

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Dog attacks to be punished with longer jail terms for owners – BBC News

Posted May 13th, 2014 in dogs, imprisonment, news, penalties, sentencing by sally

‘Tougher penalties have come into force for dog owners in England and Wales who allow their pets to attack people.’

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BBC News, 13th May 2014

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Knife crime sentencing – let’s cut the politics – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 7th, 2014 in assault, imprisonment, news, offensive weapons, recidivists, sentencing by sally

‘Chris Grayling announced an intention to amend the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill to include a provision providing for a six-month minimum sentence for a second knife-related offence. This was met with opposition from Grayling’s Liberal coalition partners (more of which later).’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 6th May 2014

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Constance Briscoe jailed for 16 months for lying to police – BBC News

‘Barrister Constance Briscoe has been jailed for 16 months for lying to police in ex-cabinet minister Chris Huhne’s speeding points case.’

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BBC< News, 2nd May 2014

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Walter Doe jailed for cutting puppy’s tail off, leaving animal in ‘excruciating pain’ – The Independent

Posted April 22nd, 2014 in animal cruelty, imprisonment, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man has been sentenced to twelve weeks imprisonment for cutting off an eight-week-old puppy’s tail using a sharp tool.’

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The Independent, 16th April 2014

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Man jailed for breaching terror order – BBC News

‘A man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after he breached the terms of the terror prevention measures placed upon him by the home secretary.’

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BBC News, 16th April 2014

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Expert questions UK chancellor’s proposed ‘strict liability’ criminal offence for taxable funds held offshore – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 15th, 2014 in fines, imprisonment, news, proportionality, strict liability, tax evasion by tracey

‘It would be disproportionate to introduce automatic unlimited fines and prison sentences for UK taxpayers with offshore assets on which they have not paid the correct taxes, as trailed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the weekend, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th April 2014

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Offenders choosing jail time ahead of paying confiscation orders: MPs – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 25th, 2014 in confiscation, imprisonment, news, reports, sanctions, select committees by sally

‘Offenders are choosing to spend extra time in jail rather than pay confiscation orders and the sanctions for such non-payment do not work, the Public Accounts Committee has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th March 2014

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Barry George takes compensation claim to Europe – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 17th, 2014 in compensation, human rights, imprisonment, murder, news by tracey

‘ Barry George, the man wrongly accused of murdering TV presenter Jill Dando, is taking his £1 million compensation claim to the European Court of Human Rights. Mr George, 53, is seeking compensation for loss of earnings and wrongful imprisonment, after spending eight years in jail for a crime he did not commit.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th March 2014

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Regina v McLoughlin; Regina v Newell – WLR Daily

Posted February 21st, 2014 in human rights, imprisonment, law reports, murder, sentencing by sally

Regina v McLoughlin; Regina v Newell [2014] EWCA Crim 188; [2014] WLR (D) 82

‘The imposition of a whole life order of imprisonment was not incompatible with article 3 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms because the Secretary of State had power under section 30 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 to review such an order where exceptional circumstances had arisen which would justify release on compassionate grounds.

WLR Daily, 18th February 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Whole-life jail terms loom for Lee Rigby killers Adebolajo and Adebowale, who will be sentenced next week – The Independent

Posted February 19th, 2014 in appeals, armed forces, human rights, imprisonment, jurisdiction, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘The two men convicted of murdering Lee Rigby will be sentenced next week, after a key ruling was handed down today regarding the use of whole-life jail terms.’

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The Independent, 18th February 2014

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Secretary of State for the Home Department v MG – WLR Daily

Secretary of State for the Home Department v MG (Case C-400/12); [2014] WLR (D) 4

‘The ten-year period of residence in article 28(3)(a) of Parliament and Council Directive 2004/38/EC of 29 April 2004 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the member states (OJ 2004 L158, p 77) had to be continuous and calculated by counting back from the date of the decision ordering the expulsion of the person concerned. A period of imprisonment was, in principle, capable both of interrupting the continuity of the period of residence for the purposes of that provision and of affecting the decision regarding the grant of the enhanced protection provided for thereunder, even where the person concerned resided in the host member state for the ten years prior to imprisonment. However, the fact that that person resided in the host member state for the ten years prior to imprisonment could be taken into consideration as part of the overall assessment required in order to determine whether the integrating links previously forged with the host member state had been broken.’

WLR Daily, 16th January 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk