- ‘Spectating is not an option for the police’
Alistair Logan’s recently published article in the Justice Gap Tasers: the ‘non-lethal’ weapon reckoned to have caused more than 500 deaths highlights ongoing concerns with police use of Taser. Pics from Flickr, under Creative Comms (Trojan631) As the national lead for Armed Policing and Less Lethal Weapons, which includes Taser, it may surprise Mr Logan […]
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- Keir Starmer on ‘prosecutorial discretion’
Former Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC gave the Legal Action Group’s 2013 lecture last night. During his term of office as DPP, Keir Starmer had to respond to some of the most difficult challenges facing the modern day criminal justice system – the prosecution of MPs, Stephen Lawrence’s retrial, and the rise of […]
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- ‘The life I had is gone, they killed Eddie Gilfoyle 20 years ago’
‘This is a man’s life you are messing with, if they had capital punishment, I would be dead,’ says Eddie Gilfoyle. Convicted in 1993 for the murder of his wife, Gilfoyle has always protested his innocence. This is part one of a two-part interview between Eddie Gilfoyle and David Jessel You can read David Jessel […]
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- ‘Our mother had to identify Maxine by her rings and bangles’
Some 40 years ago two pubs in Birmingham were left obliterated after they were bombed moments apart. The attack killed 21 people and injured nearly 200. Six men were arrested and consequently charged but in March 1991 their convictions were overturned and since then no one has been brought to justice. One of those murdered […]
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- What every worker needs to know about Health and Safety
We recently secured over a million pounds for one of our clients. That sounds a huge amount until you reflect on what happened. It was a normal day at work when our client, heading to pop the kettle on, was struck by a five foot scaffolding on his head. Susanne Baldwin is a solicitor at […]
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- Attorney general issues Twitter warning
Users of Facebook and Twitter will today be warned by the attorney general about prejudicing high-profile court cases online. Dominic Grieve will publish advisory notes to prevent social media users committing contempt of court. Grieve said in a statement: ‘Blogs and social media sites like Twitter and Facebook mean that individuals can now reach […]
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- Forced labour, and the law
The recent case of three women found to have been held in Brixton as ‘slaves’ for 30 years, has been described by the MP Frank Field, chair of the Modern Slavery Bill evidence review, as the “tip of a rather large iceberg”. Pic is Refugee Child (Alternative Title: Spanish Refugee) by William H. Johnson and […]
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- Mesothelioma Bill: welcome, but also ‘deeply flawed’
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos – it is always fatal and tragically leads to a painful lingering death for the victim. It is a long-tail disease, which means people exposed to asbestos many years ago, are only now discovering the consequences of their employers’ negligence. Pic of asbestos fibres […]
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- Exonerated death row prisoner reborn
A death row prisoner exonerated more than 20 years after his conviction felt ‘like a newborn’ when he was finally released. Nick Yarris was jailed in 1983 for the rape and murder of Linda Mae Craig, before DNA testing proved his innocence in 2003. The chain of events that lead to Yarris facing execution for […]
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- To fee, or not to fee?
In recent weeks I’ve been pondering the Labour Party’s inability to say what, if anything, it plans to do about the Coalition’s employment tribunal fees if elected in 2015. A number of shadow ministers, including Yvette Cooper and Gloria De Piero, have publicly highlighted the gross injustice of asking women who have been forced out […]
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