Archive for January 25th, 2010

Lord Myners calls time on ‘greed is good’ bank culture


• Myners demands a review of banking
• Goldman Sachs to cap directors’ bonuses at £1m


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Police stop and search ‘not cutting knife crime’, new figures suggest


• Criminologist casts doubt on efficacy of police power
• Calls for amendment to way section 60 is operated

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Telegraph: Is divorce law fair?

Is divorce law fair?

Telegraph: A multimillionaire faces Britain’s biggest divorce payout. Is Lisa Tchenguiz right to demand £100m of her husband’s wealth?

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Edlington brothers jailed for torture of two boys

Guardian: Young pair who subjected boys to 90-minute attack involving torture and sexual humiliation to serve at least five years

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Fears of ‘licence to kill’ as Tories bid to change self-defence law

Times: A new law to give greater protection to householders is unnecessary and could be a licence to kill, a leading criminal barrister has warned.

Paul Mendelle, QC, chairman of the Criminal Bar Association, says that a change to allow “disproportionate” force would encourage vigilantism.

“The law should always encourage people to be reasonable, not unreasonable; to be proportionate, not disproportionate,” he said, adding that the present law worked perfectly well and was well understood by juries.

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Judges need more discretion, not more laws

Times: What should be done when people take the law into their own hands in pursuit of what they regard as justice?

The case of the Hussain brothers has prompted calls for a new law giving householders stronger rights to protect themselves. Likewise the case of Frances Inglis, the mother jailed for life for killing her son, has refuelled the debate over the mandatory life sentence for murder.

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Solicitors drum up childhood-abuse cases with jail ads

Times: SOLICITORS are advertising in jails for prison inmates to make compensation claims for abuse against former carers and teachers. Some of the claims involve allegations stretching back decades.

The prisoners contact the lawyers to inquire about payouts and are told to make complaints to the police about their alleged abusers, partly in order to shore up their compensation claims. They can net up to six-figure sums.

In addition to genuine cases of historical abuse it is feared that some former carers and teachers could be wrongly accused — and socially stigmatised — by hardened criminals attracted by the lure of compensation money.

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