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Theresa May’s Politically Driven Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is heading for disaster

This is a cross-post from Barrister Blogger by Matthew Scott
The problem of who should chair the proposed inquiry into the handling of child sexual abuse by public bodies in past decades has, after some delay, been solved.
Many other problems remain.
Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that it is to be chaired by Fiona Woolf, [...]

Boris Johnson’s Presumption Of Guilt Is A Dreadful Idea That Will Create More Terrorists

This is a cross-post by Matthew Scott at Barrister Blogger
Boris Johnson considers it a “minor change in the law” that could be swiftly accomplished. There should be a “rebuttable presumption that all those visiting war areas without notifying the authorities have done so for a terrorist purpose.”
It sounds all very well but it is at [...]

“Bag men” sue New York Post

The Boston Globe reports:
A Massachusetts teenager and his 24-year-old friend filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Post Wednesday in Boston, accusing the tabloid of falsely portraying them as suspects in the deadly Marathon bombings by plastering their photograph on the front page under the headline, “Bag Men.”
The lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court [...]

Lawsuit possible over New York Post front page

The father of one of the two young men pictured and described as “bag men” on the front page of Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post after the Boston Marathon bombings, and who had nothing to do with it, is considering suing the newspaper.
Good. I hope he does, and puts a serious crimp into Murdoch’s fortune.
“A [...]

The best justice money can buy?

Guest post by Andrew Murphy
Looks like the dreams of the anarcho-libertarians are coming true in New Jersey. Because of budget cuts in cash-strapped cities (the state has lost over 4,000 police officers since 2008), citizens are turning to private detectives to solve robberies, murders and rapes.
The privatization of the judicial system is now in [...]

Bankrupt This Ugly Business

There is nothing beautiful about the Sapphire Salon and should be driven to bankruptcy.
The people who own it should be scratching their heads, driving themselves mad with worry about how they’ll pay the rent as the dust piles up on their salon chairs.
Why? Well, the salon refused a booking by a gay couple. They quite literally turned [...]

Breivik ’sane’

The BBC reports:

A Norwegian court has found that mass killer Anders Behring Breivik is sane and sentenced him to 21 years in jail.
Breivik admitted killing 77 people and wounding more than 240 others when he bombed central Oslo and then opened fire at an island youth camp last year.
He insisted he was sane and refused [...]

Twitter crime: The state should not have the power to punish people for being offensive

This is a cross-post from Obliged to Offend

Several years ago, in a conversation with a fellow student on my university’s online debating forum, I encountered a mentality I have long since grown familiar with. The dialogue had started amiably enough. On the question of whether or not religion was a force for good in the [...]

Antisemitism: A Primer for Judges

This is a guest post by amie
The Equal Treatment Bench book is a  looseleaf file  which the Preface says is for all judges, in all courts and tribunals, whether new or with considerable experience. It is replete with observations from the anthropological school of multiculturality, designed to refine the sensibilities of the judiciary.
Under “Culturally Sensitive [...]

Could you give a Straw?

Jack Straw is facing a civil action over the alleged illegal rendition to Libya of Abdel Hakim Belhadj:
In an interview with Radio 4 last year, Mr Straw said the Labour government had been opposed to unlawful rendition.
“We were opposed to any use of torture or similar methods. Not only did we not agree with it, [...]