Judgement

Life imprisonment raises questions about proportionality, equity and human dignity

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A New South Wales man, Robert Xie, was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole last week for the horrific murders of five members of the Lin family. John Anderson The Conversation Due to the shocking nature of the crime, Xie’s sentence has not attracted controversy. Yet NSW is… Life imprisonment raises… Read More »

Jacob’s story: a second chance or a path to prison?

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Interactive case study Calla Wahlquist, Ri Liu and Nick Evershed The Guardian Follow a 13-year-old Indigenous boy through the youth justice system and see what happens when he is cautioned, charged or placed in custody. This is a hypothetical… Jacob’s story: a… Read More »

Who’s To Say The Word ‘Slants’ Offends Asians? The Supreme Court, That’s Who.

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How an Asian-American band’s trademark battle aims to reclaim derogatory names — and the First Amendment. Cristian Farias The Huffington Post WASHINGTON ― The Supreme Court tends to take a skeptical view whenever the government polices speech it doesn’t like.. But what if the… Who’s To Say… Read More »

Holyrood’s legal intervention over Brexit cost nearly £140k

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THE Scottish Government spent almost £140,000 on its intervention in the Article 50 case at the UK Supreme Court, figures show.. The Scotsman A response to a written Scottish parliamentary question showed that £128,877 was spent on “external legal fees”, while there was an £800 court fee to intervene in the case… Holyrood’s legal intervention… Read More »

China corruption crackdown jails senior judge

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A former vice president of the Supreme People’s Court is sent to prison for life in an ongoing nationwide crackdown on… Reuters Asia Times A Chinese court on Thursday jailed for life a former senior judge from the country’s highest court, after finding him guilty of corruption, state media said, the latest official to fall foul of a… Xi Xiaoming, a… China corruption crackdown… Read More »

Spain’s Princess Cristina acquitted, husband jailed

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Cristina ordered to pay fines and Inaki Urdangarin given six-year sentence for charges including fraud and tax evasion. Al Jazeera The husband of Spain’s Princess Cristina has been sentenced to more than six years in prison on charges including fraud and tax evasion, while the… A panel of judges ruled on Friday that Cristina, the… Spain’s Princess Cristina… Read More »

Kenya’s high court declares move to close the world’s largest refugee camp illegal

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A Kenyan court has ruled that the government must not close the world’s largest refugee camp and send more than 200,000 people back to war-torn… ABC The decision that eases pressure on Somalis who feared the camp would close by the end of… Kenya’s Internal Security Minister abused his power by ordering the closure of Dadaab camp, Judge… Kenya’s high court… Read More »

Israeli torture of Palestinian children ‘institutional’

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Confessions by Palestinians who have been tortured are regularly accepted by Israeli judges, rights groups say. Ben White Al Jazeera News A recent article published by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has confirmed the extent to which Shin Bet interrogators subject their prisoners to torture. Methods include slapping… Israeli torture of… Read More »

Death penalty: Australia’s top lawyers urge Government to push for end to capital punishment worldwide

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Some of the nation’s biggest legal heavy-hitters are pushing the Australian Government to end the death penalty worldwide. David Taylor ABC Today marks the 50th anniversary since the last Australian was executed on home soil, but since then six Australians have died at the hands of other governments. The Law Council is… Death penalty: Australia’s… Read More »

Turkish anger as Greece rejects extradition of eight soldiers

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Turkey has reacted with anger after a Greek court ruled against extraditing eight Turkish soldiers accused of involvement in an attempted… BBC Turkey accused Greece of failing in the “fight against terrorism” and said the decision was “politically… The eight men fled in a helicopter to… Turkish anger as… Read More »

Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama

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The whistleblower, who has been imprisoned for six years for leaking state secrets, is now set to go free on 17 May Ed Pilkington in New York and David Smith and Lauren Gambino in Washington The Guardian Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the… Chelsea Manning’s prison… Read More »

German court rules that firebombing a synagogue is not anti-Semitic

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A synagogue burning in Germany is perhaps among the most literal illustrations of anti-Semitism imaginable. Updated by Sarah Wildman Vox But apparently, not all synagogue burnings are equal. This week a German regional court ruled that the 2014 firebombing of a… German court rules… Read More »

Saudi jailed for call to end male control over women

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A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom’s guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday. RIYADH – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet The man, who was also fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000) by a court in the… Saudi jailed for… Read More »

Supreme Court finds Government acted unlawfully in transferring children to Barwon jail

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In a landmark case, the Supreme Court this morning held that the Victorian Government’s decision to transfer children to Barwon maximum security adult jail was unlawful. HRLC The Court also found that the Government failed to properly consider the Victorian Charter of Human Rights. Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that this is a significant outcome for upholding children’s rights in Victoria. “Jailing children in an adult prison is wrong. This is why ... Read More »

How censorship aids China’s execution machine

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The executions of Nie Shubin and Jia Jinglong occurred more than 20 years apart, yet the Chinese authorities have used the plight of both men to send starkly different messages on the death penalty. Asia Times William Nee Nie Shubin, who was executed in 1995 for rape and murder, received a rare posthumous exoneration earlier this month. Officials made much of how this… How censorship aids China’s… Read More »

Edward Snowden’s Ossietsky award lawsuit rejected by Norway

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Edward Snowden’s bid to guarantee that he would not be extradited to the US if he visited Norway has been rejected by the Norwegian supreme court. The former spy contractor filed the lawsuit in April, attempting to secure safe passage to Norway to pick up a… Edward Snowden’s Ossietsky… Read More »