Gun killer sentenced to at least 26 years – The Independent

Posted February 27th, 2009 in murder, news, sentencing by sally

“A young gunman known as Scarface was jailed for life today for the murder of a promising teenage footballer. Richard Harrison-Allen, 20, shot Etem Celebi dead in November 2007 as he tried to flee the scene in the Smalley Close estate, Stoke Newington, north London. Today gang member Harrison-Allen, who was convicted of the teenager’s murder earlier this month, was sentenced to a minimum of 26 years at St Albans Crown Court.”

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The Independent, 26th February 2009

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Lesbian couple claim £20,000 damages after NHS refuses them fertility treatment – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 27th, 2009 in assisted reproduction, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

“Caroline Harris and Julie McMullan claim they are victims of discrimination because they are a same sex couple and have asked a judge to order fertility treatment for Miss Harris.”

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Daily Telegraph., 26th February 2009

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Mother jailed for failing to send daughter to school 100 yards from home – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 27th, 2009 in news, sentencing, truancy by sally

“A mother has been sent to prison for letting her 11-year-old daughter miss 90 per cent of her lessons, despite living just 100 yards from the school.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2009

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Government plans to keep DNA samples of innocent – The Guardian

Posted February 27th, 2009 in DNA, news by sally

“The government is planning to get around a European court ruling that condemned Britain’s retention of the DNA profiles of more than 800,000 innocent people by keeping the original samples used to create the database, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 27th February 2009

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OFT can rule on bank charges, say judges – The Times

Posted February 27th, 2009 in banking, consumer protection, news by sally

“An end to hefty bank charges for unauthorised overdrafts moved closer yesterday with a Court of Appeal ruling that the Office of Fair Trading can decide if such charges are fair. But the decision that fees levied on personal current account customers can be regulated could also herald the end of free banking.”

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The Times, 27th February 2009

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Law schools to increase fees despite downturn – Legal Week

Posted February 26th, 2009 in fees, legal education, news by sally

“Three of London’s law schools have considerably increased their Legal Practice Course (LPC), despite the widespread cost-cutting measures currently being implemented across the profession.”

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Legal Week, 26th February 2009

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John Hutton admits terror suspects were handed over for rendition – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 26th, 2009 in news, terrorism, torture by sally

“Defence secretary John Hutton has admitted that two terror suspects were handed to the US then flown to Afghanistan for interrogation.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2009

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Bank charges ruling paves way for refunds – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2009 in banking, news by sally

“Banks and building societies could be forced to return billions of pounds to consumers after a court threw out their appeal over unauthorised overdraft charges.”

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The Guardian, 26th February 2009

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Norris resumes battle to avoid extradition – The Times

Posted February 26th, 2009 in extradition, news by sally

“Retired businessman Ian Norris began a new High Court battle today to avoid extradition to the US where he faces trial on charges of obstructing justice.”

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The Times, 26th February 2009

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Hacker loses latest extradition battle – The Independent

Posted February 26th, 2009 in computer crime, extradition, news by sally

“Computer hacker Gary McKinnon lost the latest round of his fight against extradition to the US today when British prosecutors refused to bring charges against him.”

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The Independent, 26th February 2009

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Royal Mail partial sell-off Bill published – The Independent

Posted February 26th, 2009 in bills, news, postal service by sally

“The Government today pressed ahead with its controversial plans to part-privatise the Royal Mail but tried to head off growing criticism by pledging to enshrine in law that the organisation would remain publicly owned.”

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The Independent, 26th February 2009

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Woman guilty of supermarket death – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2009 in homicide, news, sentencing by sally

“A woman has been found guilty of manslaughter after a shopper was killed following a row over queue jumping.”

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BBC News, 26th February 2009

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Child Support Agency: tough new line leaves parents few appeal rights – The Times

Posted February 26th, 2009 in appeals, child support, news by sally

“I have spent most of the past ten years representing parents, mostly women, trying to recover ever-increasing arrears of maintenance from the Child Support Agency.”

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The Times, 26th February 2009

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Miliband faces high court battle in UK over Gaza rights – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2009 in international law, news, weapons by sally

“The foreign secretary, David Miliband, has acted ‘in flagrant and continuing breach of international law’ in failing to suspend arms exports to Israel, the high court will be told.”

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The Guardian, 25th February 2009

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Now bankers want a new bonus – lower divorce settlements – The Independent

Posted February 26th, 2009 in divorce, financial provision, news by sally

“Divorced bankers who have had their bonuses cut are trying to wriggle out of millions of pounds worth of maintenance payments they promised to pay their children and former wives. Dozens of ex-husbands in the City are going back to court to ask judges to reduce divorce settlements that were agreed in much rosier economic times.”

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The Independent, 26th February 2009

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Improved care for young, vulnerable witnesses – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 26th, 2009 in children, news, witnesses by sally

“Plans to give young, vulnerable witnesses better support and encourage more witnesses to come forward with evidence of crimes have today been published by Justice Minister Maria Eagle.”

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Ministry of Justice, 25th February 2009

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Early release ‘undermines’ system – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2009 in early release, news by sally

“Public confidence in the criminal justice system is being eroded by the early release scheme, the former Lord Chief Justice has told the BBC.”

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BBC News, 25th February 2009

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Lord Ahmed jailed for sending texts while driving before fatal crash – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2009 in dangerous driving, news, sentencing by sally

“The prominent Labour peer Lord Ahmed of Rotherham was jailed for 12 weeks today after admitting sending texts while driving shortly before his Jaguar ploughed into a stationary car on the M1, killing its driver.”

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The Guardian, 25th February 2009

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Solicitors’ regulator faces corporate rebellion – The Times

Posted February 26th, 2009 in law firms, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

“Do the big corporate law firms want to be policed alongside their high street counterparts? And is such dual regulation even possible? As two ends of the profession become increasingly differentiated, so the task of regulating both becomes harder. Now, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is facing a rebellion in the City, where leading global practices say that the two-year-old body cannot regulate the profession’s top end.”

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The Times, 26th February 2009

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Judge refuses Iraq war ‘torture death’ probe – The Independent

Posted February 26th, 2009 in armed forces, human rights, inquiries, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“An Iraqi who claims his brother was arrested by British forces and tortured and killed during the Iraq war has failed in a High Court bid to win an inquiry into the death under human rights laws.”

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The Independent, 25th February 2009

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