Inquiry conclusions on Sky’s ITV stake are expected soon – The Times

Posted December 12th, 2007 in competition, media, news by sally

“John Hutton, the Business and Enterprise Secretary, is expected to publish within the next week the Competition Commission’s conclusions from its inquiry into the legitimacy of BSkyB’s shareholding in ITV.”

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The Times, 12th December 2007
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Mother claimed benefit for fake children – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 12th, 2007 in benefits, fraud, news by sally

“A mother who claimed £46,000 in benefits by pretending she had seven extra children was jailed for 10 months yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th December 2007

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Phone tap evidence ‘should be allowed in terrorist asset cases’ – The Times

Posted December 12th, 2007 in evidence, interception, news, telecommunications, terrorism by sally

“Evidence from telephone taps and other surveillance should be permitted in legal hearings to freeze terrorists’ assets, Jacqui Smith proposed yesterday.”

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The Times,  12th December 2007

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No charges for police officer filmed hitting woman – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2007 in assault, complaints, news, police by sally

“No police officer is to be prosecuted as a result of the controversial incident in which a young woman was arrested outside a Sheffield nightclub last year, according to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.”

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The Guardian, 12th December 2007

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Straw defends early release of man who then killed partner – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2007 in dangerous offenders, murder, news by sally

“The justice secretary, Jack Straw, was forced to defend the government’s early release scheme for prisoners today after it emerged a man who murdered his partner ‘should have been behind bars’.”

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The Guardian, 11th December 2007

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Festive lollipop lady ban over health and safety – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 12th, 2007 in health & safety, news by sally

“A lollipop lady has been banned from wearing festive fancy dress because of safety fears.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th December 2007

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UK first for price-fixing charges – Financial Times

Posted December 12th, 2007 in extradition, news, price fixing by sally

“Three British oil industry executives are due to plead guilty to price-fixing on Wednesday in a landmark Texas case that could have big implications for the extradition and prosecution of other British business people in the US, people familiar with the matter say.”

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Financial Times, 11th December 2007

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MoD sued over security measures – BBC News

Posted December 11th, 2007 in armed forces, compensation, news, rape by sally

“A former RAF servicewoman has launched a compensation claim against the Ministry of Defence, blaming them for an alleged rape at a barracks in Lincs.”

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BBC News, 11th December 2007

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Brown will sign EU treaty in Lisbon – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2007 in EC law, news, treaties by sally

“The prime minister, Gordon Brown, will travel to Portugal on Thursday to sign the controversial EU reform treaty, it was confirmed today.”

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The Guardian, 11th December 2007

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Terror detention extension a ‘charade’, say dissenting MPs – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2007 in detention, news, terrorism by sally

“Government plans to extend the length of time terror suspects can be held without charge to 42 days were denounced by MPs today as a ‘charade’.”

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The Guardian, 11th December 2007

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Organisations should run privacy impact assessments, says ICO – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 11th, 2007 in data protection, news, privacy by sally

“Organisations must consider the impact on individuals’ privacy before developing new IT systems or changing the way they handle personal information, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will urge today.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th December 2007

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Victory for teacher sacked after race taunts and sexual harassment – The Times

Posted December 11th, 2007 in news, race discrimination, sex discrimination, teachers, unfair dismissal by sally

“A teacher who was called a ‘bloody immigrant’ and a ‘nigger’ by pupils and advised by a colleague to go to work in a ‘more ethnically diverse school’ if she wanted promotion, has won her case for unfair dismissal.”

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The Times, 11th December 2007

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2008 Bar Chairman Sets Out Vision For Barristers To Compete In Reformed Legal Services Market – The Bar Council

Posted December 11th, 2007 in barristers, legal services, news by sally

“Timothy Dutton QC, who takes over as Bar Council Chairman from 1 January, tonight (10 December) set out his agenda for the Bar in his inaugural speech to the 2007 Bar Council, by calling for barristers to compete in the reformed legal services market.”

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The Bar Council, 10th December 2007

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Ministry of Justice simplification plan – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 11th, 2007 in Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“The Ministry of Justice’s simplification plan sets out how we will reduce administrative burdens imposed on businesses, charities and the voluntary sector by our regulations. It shows our progress in delivering our promised 25% reduction in our administrative burdens by 2010. The plan also explains how we will reduce burdens imposed on the public sector frontline.”

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Ministry of Justice, 11th December 2007

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Legal fears left Atlantic Conveyor defenceless – The Times

Posted December 11th, 2007 in news, shipping law, weapons by sally

“A helicopter-carrying merchant ship that sank with the loss of 12 men after being hit by two Exocet missiles in the 1982 Falklands conflict was unarmed and unprotected because Ministry of Defence lawyers feared that it was illegal to fit a commercial vessel with weapon systems, according to newly released classified documents.”

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The Times, 11th December 2007

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Life ‘destroyed’ by control order – BBC News

Posted December 11th, 2007 in control orders, news by sally

“A nurse under a control order absconded because its restrictions ‘destroyed’ his life, the Old Bailey has heard.”

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BBC News, 10th December 2007

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Foreign Office accused of swap deal over terror suspects – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2007 in news, Pakistan, terrorism by sally

“Two men wanted in Pakistan for alleged terrorist activity have been charged in London under the Terrorism Act as part of what human rights campaigners claim is a secret deal between the two countries.”

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The Guardian, 11th December 2007

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‘No one is above the law’ – Conrad Black gets six years – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2007 in fraud, news, sentencing by sally

“Conrad Black was sentenced yesterday to six and a half years in an American prison for abusing shareholders’ trust through a sophisticated plot to embezzle $6.1m from his Hollinger media empire.”

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The Guardian, 11th December 2007

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Arms treaty ‘must not be blunted’ – BBC News

Posted December 11th, 2007 in armed forces, news, treaties, weapons by sally

“A treaty to ease the supply of military equipment from the US to UK forces must not be ‘blunted’ by over-restrictive regulations, MPs have said.”

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BBC News, 11th December 2007

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‘Sadistic’ video game beats ban – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2007 in freedom of expression, media, news by sally

“A video game banned for its ‘casual sadism’ will be released in Britain after its makers yesterday won an appeal against censors. Manhunt 2, the first game in a decade to be banned, was prohibited by the British Board of Film Classification in June for its ‘unrelenting focus on brutal slaying’.”

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The Guardian, 11th December 2007

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