Articles tagged with: Sentencing/plea bargaining
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 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 …
By David Allan
In early November 2013, Marine A (as he is known) was convicted by a court martial of murdering a badly wounded Taliban insurgent by shooting him in the chest.
Footage of the act caught on the helmet-mounted camera of a second Marine formed the basis of the prosecution’s case.
Dan Hodges, writing in the Telegraph, says Marine A must face the full force of the law. Meanwhile, the newspaper for which he writes has launched a petition appealing for leniency for Marine A when he comes to be sentenced.
Who is …
By Richard Allison,
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced a “radical” overhaul of simple cautions whereby their use will be banned in dealing with all indictable-only offences – ie serious offences such as robbery and serious assault that can only be tried in a Crown Court before a jury –and possession of any offensive weapon (including a knife), supplying Class A drugs and a range of sexual offences against children, including child prostitution and pornography.
He said: “Last year nearly 500 offenders who admitted committing some of the most serious crimes escaped …
By Lyndon Harris
Today the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced that there would be significant changes to the early release provisions. An MoJ press release stated that primary legislation would be brought forward in the new year.
Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, said:
“It’s outrageous that offenders who commit some truly horrific crimes in this country are automatically released from prison halfway through their custodial sentence, regardless of their behaviour, attitude and engagement in their own rehabilitation.”
The change will apply to offences of child rape (including attempts), certain …