“Today I am talking to John Hirst, author of the Jailhouse Lawyer’s blog. John has spent 35 of his 57 years in prison.
John was sent to prison for life after being convicted of the manslaughter of his landlady, in 1979. ‘He received a tariff of 15 years, but served a total of 25 before being released in October last year. He believes his activities as a litigant against the Prison Service and Home Office are the main reason he had to serve the extra years. John proved to be the most prolific prisoner litigant of modern times – and, he says, like Perry Mason and Rumpole of the Bailey, he never lost a case against the Prison Service.’ ”
“Today I am talking to Carl Gardner, author of the Head of Legal blog, barrister, former government lawyer and commentator on Human Rights Law, about the case of Hirst v United Kingdom No (2) heard at the ECHR in 2005.
Yesterday, I did a podcast with John Hirst, author of the Jailhouse Lawyer blog about his experience of prison life and during that conversation we talked about John’s case against the British government about the right of prisoners to vote – which he won.
Carl Gardner analyses the Hirst case and we talk about the practical implications of the judgment. We also talk about Lord Phillip’s attitude to Sharia Law and his support for Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury.”
“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.
Court of Appeal
“A judge did not have jurisdiction to make a declaration that a marriage based on lack of consent was not valid under English law, since such a marriage was voidable and not void ab intitio; the judge should have declared that the marriage was not recognised as a valid marriage in this jurisdiction.”
The Times, 3rd April 2008
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“The Archbishop of Canterbury apologised to the Church of England yesterday for any ‘misleading choice of words’ when he delivered his controversial speech on Islam, but insisted that he stood by his right to tackle such issues.”
The Times, 12th February 2008
“The Archbishop of Canterbury’s predecessor joined the chorus of criticism against him last night for his comments on Islamic law. George Carey accused Dr Rowan Williams of ‘overstating’ the case for accommodating sharia. But he said that Dr Williams should not be forced to quit over his remarks.”
The Independent, 10th February 2008