Articles tagged with: Freedom of expression
By Felicity Gerry
In 1894 Edward Marshall Hall KC defended the Austrian-born prostitute Marie Hermann, charged with the murder of a client whose body she hid in a trunk. The jury acquitted of murder and convicted of manslaughter after what has become his most famous jury speech ending with, “Look at her, gentlemen of the jury, look at her. God never gave her a chance, won’t you?” The personalities may have changed and the language less flowery but the basic principle of a jury trial is the same – we judge …
By Simon Hetherington
We’re finally up against it now, aren’t we? After years of dancing round the issue, the law is finally called upon to make a specific ruling on the wearing of the niqab. See the Guardian for a brief summary. So let’s make sure we know what we are talking about, because without a doubt there will be proponents and opponents alike who seek to interpret the decision (whatever it may be) to suit their cause.
To start with: it is indeed a narrow point. The question is whether a …
By David Glass
There are at least two versions of the Second Amendment rights under the US Constitution – separated by commas and capital letters but otherwise more or less the same. Taking the version authorised by Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State, the Second Amendment reads:
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”.
The Second Amendment is said to have been heavily influenced by the English Bill of Rights 1689 which states:
By Elaine Freer
It was perhaps timely, following so soon as it did in the wake of the Leveson Report, that an Australian radio station telephoned the private hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for acute morning sickness, and pretended to be the Queen. Whilst it was amusing that the presenters, who themselves confessed that they thought their accents would give them away, actually managed to obtain any information, it also raises once again the ugly spectre of press control, and what information should be freely available to …
By Felicity Gerry
This week headlines have been dominated by the recommendations from the Leveson Inquiry; and the two Australian DJs, whose prank call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge led to the nurse who took the call taking her own life. Yet again, we are asking questions about press freedom and whether we should be drafting new regulations.
In my view, whilst the situation is appallingly tragic, the jurisprudence is quite simple: freedom includes the freedom to misbehave. If that misbehaviour is not a crime (as defined and debated …