Articles tagged with: Criminal
By Lyndon Harris
Most will now be familiar with the widely reported case of Marine A; he was convicted at the Court Martial on 8 November 2013 of murder. On 15 September 2011, Marine A shot a wounded Afghan soldier once in the chest after his base in Helmand had come under attack from two insurgents. An Apache helicopter was sent in as support and the Afghan soldier in question was seriously injured by gunfire from the helicopter. Footage of the incident caught on the helmet mounted camera of a second …
By Rachel Buchanan
From March 2014, a scheme allowing police to disclose to individuals details of their partners’ abusive pasts will be extended to police forces across England and Wales, following a successful 14-month pilot in four police force areas. It is intended that this Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, or “Clare’s Law”, will provide, “people with the information they need to escape an abusive situation before it ends in tragedy”, according to Home Secretary Theresa May.
Requests made under Clare’s Law will be thoroughly checked by a panel consisting of police, probation …
By Geoffrey Bindman
The recent story of three women being freed after an alleged 30 years held captive in a South London house has aroused enormous public interest. It is a shocking example of modern day slavery. Perhaps it is so shocking because we assume that the very practice of slavery no longer exists here; that it lives on only in the history books.
This apparent case of modern day slavery is certainly very different from the slavery we know from the 18th century and earlier. Yet it is a practice that …
By Felicity Gerry
Advocacy is a skill that exposes truth or lies in the court process. It is a forensic challenge that doesn’t depend on the colour of the advocate’s lipstick or the lining of Queen’s Counsel’s suit, but on ability.
New regulations on the provision of advocacy commencing in 2014 risk driving away from the profession those advocates who can make great speeches. And, just as advocates grapple with the quality assurance regulators to retain quality and style, another hurdle has arrived: Court TV.
What does this mean for the future of …
By Helen Jackson
Today, on the 32nd International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill reaches the Committee stage of the House of Lords. The Bill introduces a raft of measures covering matters as diverse as dangerous dogs, extradition proceedings, firearms and, tucked away in Part 10, forced marriage.
Forced marriage is to be criminalised. “Was it not already?”, you may ask.
The current law
Forced marriage is where one or both parties to a marriage lack consent and duress is a factor. Forcing an individual …