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Criminal law: 'Legal highs' involved in prison mortality rates state ombudsman
The prisons and probation ombudsman, Nigel Newcomen, has stated in a newly released report that designer drugs are causing major problems in the prison system, including potentially playing a part in the deaths of 19 inmates across England and Wales....
International: Bill Cosby admits to using sedatives on women he wished to rape
The files associated with a 2005 court case between comedian Bill Cosby and Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, has been open to public viewing. The case itself, brought by Constand, was a civil suit in which Constand claimed...
Criminal law: Ex-firearms officer cleared of Azelle Rodney murder
An Old Bailey jury has cleared former firearms officer, PC Anthony Long, of the murder of Azelle Rodney, Channel 4 News reports. Following a public inquiry that found the police shooting of a 24-year old man unreasonable, unjustified and unlawful,...
International: Iceland decriminalises blasphemy with support of Lutheran Church
With the support of the Lutheran Church of Iceland, the Icelandic parliament has decriminalised blasphemy on the grounds of freedom of expression, The Telegraph reports. Six months after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris, the Icelandic parliament has voted...
Criminal law: New law will imprison repeated knife carriers for minimum six months
A new 'two-strikes' law means adults convicted of knife possession more than once will face a minimum six-month prison sentence, The Telegraph reports. Under a new law, adults convicted of knife possession for a second time will be sentenced to...
Corporate law: Ryanair set to bring legal action against Hertz car hire firm for 'breach of contract'
Ryanair has announced that it intends to sue Hertz for 'breach of contract' following receipt of a notice from the car hire firm terminating its exclusive car hire agreement with the airline, The Telegraph reports. Ryanair plans to bring legal...
European law: Highest court in Greece to rule on referendum
Due to the lack of agreement between Greece, the IMF, the European Bank and the European Commission over Greece's desire to renegotiate the terms of its bailout, the citizens of Greece will be going to the polls on Sunday to...
Prime Minister says English MPs will never be 'overruled' by Scottish MPs again
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has said that a proposed law enabling English MPs to exercise the power of veto over English-only laws means they will never again be "overruled" by Scottish MPs, The Telegraph reports. As the leader of...
Law and government: Government divided over third runway ruling for Heathrow airport expansion
The proposal to build a third runway at Heathrow airport has split Conservative Party opinion, with the Prime Minister, David Cameron, saying that his government will consider report recommendations before making a decision, The Telegraph reports. Despite Cameron's opposition to...
International: French woman imprisoned for nine years after killing her children
Dominique Cottrez, 51, has been found guilty of killing eight of her newborn babies by a French court. Cottrez, an ex-nurse's aide, had suffocated her children shortly after they had been born. She had secretly given birth to the children...
International: Oskar Groning, the 'Accountant of Auschwitz' admits guilt
Osker Groning, a former SS guard stationed at Auschwitz, has admitted guilt in his complicity in the deaths of 300,000 Hungarian Jews during Nazi rule in Germany. Groning, 94, worked at Auschwitz, a concentration and extermination camp in South Germany...
International: China passes new law broadening its control over internet
The Chinese government has passed a new law that will see its security reach now expand to cover the internet and outer space. The Chinese government has become increasingly concerned about its ability to monitor threats both internally and externally,...
European law: EU to abolish roaming charges within two years and introduce 'internet fast lane'
The European Commission, European Parliament and national ministers have agreed to scrap roaming charges from mid-2017, potentially paving the way for an 'internet fast lane,' the European Commission reports. Earlier this week, European authorities reached a two-pronged deal, which means...
European law: EU official calls for same-sex marriage acceptance across EU
The vice president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, is advocating for same-sex marriage rights to be recognised in migration rules across the European Union, The Telegraph reports. Lending his support to campaigners who argue that same-sex marriage should be...
Criminal law: Former deputy editor of the News of the World found not guilty of leading phone hacking
Neil Wallis, the former deputy editor of the News of the World, has been found not guilty of conspiring to intercept voicemail messages. Wallis was cleared by jury after a three-week trial at the Old Bailey. Speaking outside of court,...
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