Archive for August 3rd, 2009

McKinnon lawyers vow to take fight to US Supremes
OUT-LAW: Lawyers for Gary McKinnon have launched an impassioned attack on the UK justice system, following a decision to allow extradition proceedings against the Pentagon hacker to continue despite his recent diagnosis with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Lord Justice Stanley Burnton and Mr Justice Wilkie dismissed McKinnon’s claims for judicial review on Friday ruling that extradition was “a lawful and proportionate response to his offending”.

The ruling follows review hearings by the judges on whether successive Home Secretaries acted properly in disregarding McKinnon’s recent diagnosis with a mild form of autism in allowing extradition proceedings to continue and, separately, the decision not to prosecute McKinnon in the UK, despite his offer of a signed confession to hacking offences in the UK.


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Ministry of Defence appeal over compensation awards for wounded soldiers ‘is bonkers’ says Eric Joyce
Telegraph: Eric Joyce, a former Army major, said Bob Ainsworth was in danger of losing touch and added that if the Government won its case, it would represent “a victory for bureaucracy over bravery”.

He urged ministers to abandon the court action to cut payments to two injured servicemen and said he was willing to sacrifice his position to oppose it. Mr Joyce, the Labour MP for Falkirk, acts as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Mr Ainsworth, who announced last week that he would bring forward a review of compensation for members of the Armed Forces.

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Suicide and the law – where we stand
Times: Keir Starmer QC, the director of public prosecutions charged with clarifying the law on assisted suicide, was appointed to the post in November last year. Named after Keir Hardie, the socialist reformer, Starmer, 46, was previously a human rights barrister and is acknowledged as one of the brightest lawyers of his generation….

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US to seek more British troops for Afghanistan

• Review will say further surge in forces is needed
• MPs doubt Taliban are threat to Western security


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More Tory MPs to quit as expenses row takes toll, says Eric Pickles
Guardian: Nearly 20 more Conservative MPs are expected to stand down at the next election as part of a fresh clear-out prompted by the parliamentary expenses controversy.

Thirteen sitting MPs have already announced recently that they will leave the Commons, but another 17 are expected to follow suit, the party chairman, Eric Pickles, told the Guardian.

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Revenues soar for UK banks
Guardian: Barclays and HSBC are tomorrow expected to demonstrate it is “business as usual” again in the City by reporting bumper revenues in their investment banking divisions that could unleash big bonuses for top bankers.

Barclays will be the first of the high street banks to report first half figures tomorrow when its investment banking division is expected to report record revenues that will translate into bigger bonuses for the 20,000 staff of the operation.

It will revive controversy over excessive pay in the City, where a culture of linking reckless risk-taking to huge bonuses was blamed for the financial crisis which has led Britain and the world into recession.

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