Judge has overcome just as many obstacles as Pistorius

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Judge addressed as ‘my lady’ might once have been called merely ‘the girl’. Matthew Norman reports on how far she and her country have come Two trials ended in Johannesburg on Friday, and which was the more extraordinary is less obvious than it may seem. Not that there is any doubting which was the more thrilling and sensational. Whatever room for additional ... Read More »

Art judge declines to award Indigenous prize because quality ‘not good enough’


‘There was absolutely nothing fresh or original,’ said Perpetua Durack Clancy, defending her decision The cash winnings for an Aboriginal art prize which the judge declined to award because she didn’t think the quality of entrants was good enough will be rolled over to next year, doubling to $2,000. The Shinju Matsuri board made the announcement after the controversy caused ... Read More »

Muslim Brotherhood figures get life, death sentences over Istiqama mosque violence

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Giza Criminal Court on Saturday sentenced six Muslim Brotherhood figures to life and gave other six fugitive suspects the death sentence pending approval of the mufti over involvement in the killing of 10 and injuring of 20 people during violence at the vicinity of Istiqama mosque. The suspects sentenced to life include Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, group figures Essam ... Read More »

China executes eight, including Tiananmen attackers

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China has executed eight people in the north-western region of Xinjiang, for what it calls “terrorist” attacks, reports the state news agency Xinhua. Three of those executed had been convicted of an attack in Tiananmen Square in Beijing last October, in which five people died, Xinhua said. The others were found guilty of crimes including bomb-making and arson. The government ... Read More »

Changes to Australian Security Laws Will Make Illegally Obtained Evidence Permissible In Court


Politicians are preparing to scrap decades worth of laws that protect citizens from wholesale spying and guarantee the right to a fair trial—and they haven’t even read the legislation they want passed. A public hearing was held yesterday (Monday 18 August) in a squirrely back room of Parliament on the raft of legislation being hurried through as part of the National ... Read More »

25 Sentenced for Terrorism in Western China

Chinese authorities in July distributed wanted posters for men accused of terror attacks in Xinjiang, China. A court this week sentenced 25 people to prison for taking part in “terrorist” activities and “harboring criminals.” Credit Ng Han Guan/Associated Press

BEIJING — A court in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang has sentenced 25 people to prison for taking part in “terrorist” activities and “harboring criminals,” according to a report on Tuesday by People’s Court Daily, an official publication. The names of the 25 people sentenced indicated that they were all from the Uighur ethnic minority. The largely Muslim group populates several ... Read More »

Tony Abbott’s Gag Order Reflex


WikiLeaks has revealed a nationwide gag order has been issued by the Australian courts, preventing the press from reporting on allegations of bribery involving several political leaders and key economic institutions of Australia. The suppression order, issued by the Supreme Court of Victoria, is wide in nature. It stops Australian media from reporting on allegations of bribery, which involve several regional ... Read More »

We almost certainly execute innocent people with cruelty. This isn’t justice

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Given the flaws in Cameron Todd Willingham’s case, how can we ever be certain of the guilt of anyone sentenced to death?  Jump to comments Recent events have revealed a fundamental truth about capital punishment in the United States: lethal injections administered by the states have an alarming tendency to torture people to death. There were terribly botched executions in Florida in ... Read More »