Judge ‘devastated’ as Heathrow robbery trial abandoned for third time, at cost of £22m – The Times

Posted December 10th, 2008 in news, theft, trials by sally

“The £1.75 million Heathrow robbery trial was abandoned for the third time at the Old Bailey today, at a cost to the public of £22m.”

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The Times, 9th December 2008

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Suspected rapists could go free in DNA ruling, says minister – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 10th, 2008 in DNA, news, rape by sally

“Suspected rapists may have to be let free because of the landmark European ruling over the storing of ‘innocents’ DNA, a Home Office minister warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th December 2008

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IWF backs down on Wiki censorship – BBC News

Posted December 10th, 2008 in internet, news, obscenity by sally

“The online watchdog, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), has withdrawn its objection to a Wikipedia page that contained an image of a naked girl.”

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BBC News, 9th December 2008

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Commons committee to launch rival investigation into Damian Green affair – The Guardian

Posted December 10th, 2008 in news, parliament, police, search & seizure by sally

“A Commons select committee is going to launch its own inquiry into the arrest of the Tory MP Damian Green, it said today (9 December).”

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The Guardian, 9th December 2008

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Right to die: could this encourage others? – The Times

Posted December 10th, 2008 in assisted suicide, news by sally

“The decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions not to prosecute Daniel James’s parents boosts the case for reform of the law, lawyers and campaigners said yesterday.”

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The Times, 10th December 2008

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Why Daniel James’s death in a Swiss clinic was not a case for the prosecution – The Times

Posted December 10th, 2008 in assisted suicide, news by sally

“Daniel James was a fiercely independent young man who made his own decision to commit suicide despite his parents’ relentless attempts to change his mind, the Director of Public Prosecutions said yesterday.”

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The Times, 10th December 2008

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Bar chair: vulnerable children ‘at risk’ after legal cuts – The Times

Posted December 9th, 2008 in children, legal aid, news by sally

“Vulnerable children are at increased risk of harm because of cuts in legal aid fees for family cases, the incoming head of the Bar profession said last night.”

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The Times, 9th December 2008

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Oliver child actor wins payout from Daily Mail – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2008 in defamation, news by sally

“The Daily Mail today apologised to former Oliver child actor Mark Lester at the high court and agreed to pay him a five-figure sum in damages.”

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The Guardian, 9th December 2008

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Labour MP Diane Abbott wins human rights award – The Times

Posted December 9th, 2008 in human rights, news by sally

“Diane Abbott, the Labour MP, was awarded a special prize last night for her ’42 days’ speech at the Human Rights Awards 2008 presented by Liberty, Justice and the Law Society.”

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The Times, 9th December 2008

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New Bar Council chair talks up UK as location of choice for disputes – Legal Week

Posted December 9th, 2008 in dispute resolution, news by sally

“Incoming Bar Council chairman Desmond Browne QC has hailed the UK as the jurisdiction of choice for resolving disputes arising as a result of the global economic downturn.”

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Legal Week, 9th December 2008

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Internet ban on ‘child porn’ album sleeve – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2008 in children, internet, news, obscenity by sally

“Britain’s rules on internet censorship have come under scrutiny following a decision to block pages on Wikipedia after a page on the site showing the image of a naked young girl on an album cover from 1976 was declared ‘potentially illegal’.”

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The Guardian, 9th December 2008

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Science paves way for climate lawsuits – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2008 in climate change, energy, environmental protection, news by sally

“People affected by worsening storms, heatwaves and floods could soon be able to sue the oil and power companies they blame for global warming, a leading climate expert has said.”

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The Guardian, 9th December 2008

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Frenchman jailed for life for attempted murder of schoolgirl – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2008 in homicide, news, sentencing by sally

“A Frenchman was jailed for life today after being found guilty of a frenzied knife attack on a schoolgirl as she walked through a Lancashire park earlier this year.”

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The Guardian, 8th December 2008

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Setback for small businesses under new VAT dispute rules – The Times

Posted December 9th, 2008 in costs, news, VAT by sally

“Small businesses already struggling because of the economic downturn are facing a further setback under new rules that will prevent them from recovering their costs in VAT disputes with the taxman.”

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The Times, 8th December 2008

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Jeremy Clarkson cleared by Ofcom over joke about lorry drivers and prostitutes – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 9th, 2008 in complaints, media, news by sally

“Jeremy Clarkson has been cleared by the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom of causing offence after making a joke about lorry drivers murdering prostitutes.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th December 2008

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MPs condemn failure to prosecute rich tax dodgers – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2008 in news, tax evasion by sally

“The black economy is normally associated with dodgy builders or painters and decorators. But white collar professionals are increasingly fiddling taxes, according to an MPs’ report today that discloses that 36 barristers have been forced to return £605,000 to tax authorities. Hundreds of thousands of pounds have been recovered from lawyers, surgeons, medical consultants, and landlords under private deals with the tax authorities.”

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The Guardian, 9th December 2008

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Schoolboy gang jailed over punishment rape attack on 14-year-old girl – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 9th, 2008 in gangs, news, rape, sentencing, young offenders by sally

“Nine members of a schoolboy gang who raped a 14-year-old girl in a punishment attack after she insulted their leader, have been jailed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th December 2008

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Government ‘ripped up’ competition law to push through Lloyds merger with HBOS – The Times

Posted December 9th, 2008 in banking, competition, mergers, news by sally

“An activist group today accused Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling of ‘ripping up’ competition rules in pushing through the merger of HBOS and Lloyds TSB.”

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The Times, 8th December 2008

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UK challenged the right to civil partnerships of gay couples abroad – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2008 in civil partnerships, news by sally

“The government attempted to prevent same-sex couples in other countries from gaining the right to enter into civil partnerships, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 9th December 2008

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Jail for sex act death crash driver – The Independent

Posted December 8th, 2008 in dangerous driving, news, sentencing by sally

“A drunk driver who killed a father and son was pleasuring himself at the wheel moments before the fatal crash, a court heard today.”

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The Independent, 8th December 2008

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