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[ 20 Sep 2012 | One Comment ]
Hillsborough: key findings and the new inquest

By Jonathan Aspinall
Following the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report and the Prime Minister’s statement in the Commons, the Attorney General will as a matter of urgency consider making an application to the High Court for an order to hold a new inquest into the deaths of the 96 on 15 April 1989 at Hillsborough. This can be granted on the grounds of irregularity of proceedings, insufficiency of inquiry, the discovery of new facts or evidence, so that it is necessary or desirable in the interests of justice for …

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[ 31 Jul 2012 | One Comment ]
John Terry racism trial: the difficulties of prosecuting someone who uses abusive language

By David Allan
John Terry has been acquitted of racially aggravated causing harassment, alarm or distress under s 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 and s 31 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
According to the written verdict, the Chief Magistrate, District Judge Riddle, was not convinced that Mr Terry intended his words to be insulting, nor was he aware that his words might have been taken as being abusive or insulting.
Judge Riddle came to that conclusion because although John Terry admitted he used the words “black c***” during the …

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[ 20 Jun 2012 | Comments Off ]
Fair game: should athletes be innocent until proven guilty?

By Michael Rudd
With cycling’s blue ribbon event, the Tour de France and the 2012 Olympics upon us the longest running saga in cycling has once again made global news.  On 12 June 2012 the US Anti Doping Agency (USADA) formally opened an investigation into seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong, just four months after US Federal officials dropped a two year investigation into the champion cyclist.  USADA allege that Armstrong, together with three team doctors and two team officials possessed and used testosterone and other blood-doping products while a member of …

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[ 8 Jun 2012 | Comments Off ]
Corporate hospitality, bribery and the Olympics

By Simon Hetherington
Corporate hospitality might have been expected to have a bumper season this year. But apparently such is not the case. A number of companies, it is reported, are refusing to allow their staff to accept ticketsto the Olympics, lest they fall foul of the Bribery Act 2010. Commendable restraint, one might think, but let’s take a closer look.
On 1 July 2012 it will be a year since the provisions of the Act came into force, and you’d have thought that at some point between then and now this …

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[ 7 Jun 2012 | Comments Off ]
An ignoble day for the noble art: Haye v Chisora

By James Wilson
Recently on Halsbury’s Law Exchange Simon Hetherington wrote a thoughtful piece on boxing. He stated candidly at the outset that he was not a boxing fan.  For my own part, I admit to being an inveterate fan of the sport, although I haven’t followed it closely for a few years now.  Even the most avid boxing fan, however, has to admit that the activity gives rise to serious moral and legal questions.  And even if one finds satisfactory answers to those questions in principle, no-one can be happy …