Euthanasia bid woman forced to withdraw case – The Independent

Posted April 19th, 2007 in assisted suicide, news by sally

“A terminally ill woman has been forced to abandon a ground-breaking bid to end her own life, it was announced today.”

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The Independent, 19th April 2007

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McKinnon v. Government of the United States of America and Another – Times Law Reports

Posted April 19th, 2007 in extradition, law reports by sally

Judicial distaste does not stop extradition order

McKinnon v. Government of the United States of America and Another

Queen’s Bench Divisional Court

“There was no abuse of the extradition process where a British defendant declined a plea bargain and, as a result, lost benefits which would have flowed from it.” 

The Times, 19th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Murder appeal lawyer petitions European Court – The Times

Posted April 19th, 2007 in appeals, human rights, murder, news by sally

“A solicitor who has spent 11 years trying to clear two men convicted of triple murder lodged a petition at Europe’s highest court today claiming they were denied a fair trial.”

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The Times, 18th April 2007

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Alder Hey lawyer to investigate Sellafield body parts scandal – The Times

Posted April 19th, 2007 in coroners, human tissue, news by sally

“The senior QC who led the inquiry into the Alder Hey stolen organs scandal has been appointed to investigate news that the Sellafield nuclear site secretly stored and tested tissues and organs taken from the bodies of dead employees.”

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The Times, 18th April 2007

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Wi-Fi leechers arrested – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 19th, 2007 in computer crime, news by sally

“Two people have been arrested in the UK for using another person’s wireless internet access without permission. Neither was charged but both were cautioned for dishonestly obtaining electronic communications services with intent to avoid payment.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th April 2007

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Lawyers wooed to antitrust litigation – Financial Times

Posted April 19th, 2007 in competition, fees, news by sally

“Lawyers could be allowed to earn bigger success-related fees on private antitrust cases in an effort to encourage them to tackle such litigation, Britain’s competition watchdog has suggested.”

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Financial Times, 18th April 2007

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Government suffers Lords defeat on legal shake-up – The Times

Posted April 19th, 2007 in legal profession, news by sally

“The Government was defeated in the House of Lords today over its plans to shake up regulation of the legal profession.”

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The Times, 18th April 2007

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OFT says ‘yes’ to private competition enforcement – The Lawyer

Posted April 18th, 2007 in competition, news by sally

“The OFT will today release a discussion paper, which will set out why representative actions should be made more broadly available, and will also encourage the settlement of cases without going to court.”

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The Lawyer, 18th April 2007

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Freedom of information statistics October to December 2006 – Department for Constitutional Affairs

Posted April 18th, 2007 in freedom of information, government departments, statistics by sally

“This eighth quarterly report providing statistics on implementation of the Act across central government covers October to December 2006.”

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Department for Constitutional Affairs, 18th April 2007

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NatWest pays businessman £36,000 over unfair bank charges – The Guardian

Posted April 18th, 2007 in banking, news by sally

“A businessman is celebrating a record £36,000 payout after he complained to NatWest about unfair bank penalty charges. It is thought to be the largest sum refunded to an individual customer since the start of the consumer revolt over bank and credit card charges.”

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The Guardian, 17th April 2007

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Secretary of State for the Home Department v. AF – Times Law Reports

Posted April 18th, 2007 in control orders, human rights, law reports, terrorism by sally

Cumulative restrictions make control order a nullity 

Secretary of State for the Home Department v. AF

Queen’s Bench Division 

“A control order imposing restrictions which amounted cumulatively to a deprivation of liberty was a nullity.”

The Times, 18th April 2007

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Britain limits EU religious hatred ban – Reuters

Posted April 18th, 2007 in EC law, incitement, news, racism by sally

“Britain has narrowed the scope of a European Union-wide ban on incitement to religious hatred in a proposed anti-racism law, diplomats said on Tuesday.”

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Reuters, 18th April 2007

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EU aims to criminalise Holocaust denial – Financial Times

Posted April 18th, 2007 in EC law, freedom of expression, news by sally

“Laws that make denying or trivialising the Holocaust a criminal offence punishable by jail sentences will be introduced across the European Union, according to a proposal expecting to win backing from ministers Thursday.”

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Financial Times, 18th April 2007

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Elderly neighbour from hell jailed for breaching Asbo – The Independent

Posted April 18th, 2007 in ASBOs, elderly, news, sentencing by sally

“An 81-year-old woman described by a judge as the ‘original neighbour from hell’ has been jailed for six months.”

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The Independent, 18th April 2007

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Punish according to cost, says former justice chief – The Times

Posted April 18th, 2007 in news, sentencing by sally

“A new sentencing regime in which judges punish offenders according to cost was called for by the former Lord Chief Justice today.”

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The Times, 18th April 2007

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Amnesty to apply to UK tax dodges – Financial Times

Posted April 18th, 2007 in news, tax avoidance by sally

“Tax dodgers who kept their money in Britain are to get a similar amnesty to those who hid money offshore.”

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Financial Times, 17th April 2007

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Ex-chief justice Home Office fear – BBC News

Posted April 18th, 2007 in government departments, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“The split of the Home Office needs to be planned carefully to avoid repeating old problems in the new department, a former Lord Chief Justice says.” 

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BBC News, 17th April 2007

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Lord Woolf calls for cap on prison places – The Guardian

Posted April 17th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“The government should place a cap on prison places to lessen overcrowding and stem the resources poured into building new jails, the former lord chief justice Lord Woolf said today.”

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The Guardian, 17th April 2007

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Hewitt defends mental health proposals – The Guardian

Posted April 17th, 2007 in mental health, news by sally

“Controversial revisions to mental health legislation will strike the right balance between improving patient safeguards and protecting the public, the health secretary, Patricia Hewitt, said yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 17th April 2007

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Forced to sign on the dotted line – The Times

Posted April 17th, 2007 in contracts, legal aid, solicitors by sally

“To the outside world it must seem extraordinary that lawyers (of all people) signed a contract so apparently weighted in favour of the paymaster that the profession’s own contract lawyer advised them not to put pen to paper.”

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The Times, 17th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk