Law & Order

Judge who handcuffed public defender to teach a ‘lesson’ gets own chastising

More than 100 defense attorneys filed ethics complaint alleging he has ‘complete disregard for law’ when putting lawyers and defendants in custody for contempt.. A Las Vegas judge was in the spotlight last week for ordering a public defender to be placed in handcuffs to teach her “a lesson” for speaking out in court. But on Wednesday, judge Conrad Hafen received his own chastising… Source: Judge who handcuffed public defender to teach a ‘lesson’ gets own chastising | US news ... Read More »

Why we should close women’s prisons and treat their crimes more fairly

Sentencing systems around the world should be radically reformed to start with the assumption that women should not be sent to prison for their crimes.. Women almost never scare us; commit random acts of serious violence; violate our sexual integrity; or form organised crime networks and yet their prisons numbers are now the highest in recorded history… Source: Why we should close women’s prisons and treat their crimes more fairly | Mirko Bagaric | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Trump’s personal, racially tinged attacks on federal judge alarm legal experts

Donald Trump’s highly personal, racially tinged attacks on a federal judge overseeing a pair of lawsuits against him have set off a wave of alarm among legal experts, who worry that the ­Republican presidential candidate’s vendetta signals a remarkable disregard for judicial independence. That attitude, many argue, could carry constitutional implications if Trump becomes president… Source: Trump’s personal, racially tinged attacks on federal judge alarm legal experts – The Washington Post Read More »

My brain made me do it: will neuroscience change the way we punish criminals?

Australian law may be on the cusp of a brain-based revolution that will reshape the way we deal with criminals. Some researchers, such as neuroscientist David Eagleman, have argued that neuroscience should radically change our practices of punishment. According to Eagleman, the courts should give up on the notion of punishment altogether and instead focus on managing criminals and… Source: My brain made me do it: will neuroscience change the way we punish criminals? Read More »

Julian Assange: Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Australian WikiLeaks founder

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange still faces arrest after a Swedish court upholds a warrant over rape allegations.. A Swedish lower court has upheld the arrest warrant for Julian Assange, saying the Wikileaks founder’s stay at Ecuador’s London embassy did not equal detention. Assange, 44, is wanted by Swedish authorities for questioning over allegations, which he denies, that he committed rape in 2010… Source: Julian Assange: Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Australian WikiLeaks founder – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Peter Young spoke out about a man’s death. Suddenly, the AFP was looking at his phone records

The Department of Immigration sought an investigation by the Australian Federal Police which resulted in a whistle-blowing psychiatrist having his phone records accessed, it has emerged.. Guardian Australia reported on Tuesday that the AFP had compiled hundreds of pages of file notes and reports involving Sydney-based psychiatrist and detention centre critic, Peter Young, including documents that show his phone records had been investigated. Source: Peter Young spoke out about a man’s death. Suddenly, the AFP was looking at his phone records Read More »

Head of the IMF Christine Lagarde in court charged with embezzlement and fraud

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The head of the International Monetary Fund arrived in the dock of a Paris courtroom today as she braced herself to be formally charged with embezzlement and fraud.. Christine Lagarde’s humiliation is not only a massive personal blow which could lead to her resignation, but one which will plunge the world’s banking system into further ignominy… Source: Head of the IMF Christine Lagarde in court charged with embezzlement and fraud | World | News | London Evening Standard Read More »

Mau Mau lawsuit due to begin at high court

Government lawyers expected to make a last-minute application to delay case over translation dispute.. Compensation claims for torture, rape, wrongful detention and forced labour brought by 40,000 Kenyans who allege they were mistreated by British officials during the Mau Mau insurgency are due to be heard in the high court in London on Monday… Source: Mau Mau lawsuit due to begin at high court | Law | The Guardian Read More »

Former Liberal Party treasurer admits he knew of illegal donations

The Liberal Party’s former federal treasurer, Michael Yabsley, has admitted he knew of illegal donations made through the notorious Free Enterprise Foundation during his tenure. His admission that property developers had “in a couple of cases” donated to the NSW Liberal Party will put further pressure on the party’s former treasurer in that state, Arthur Sinodinos, who denies he had any knowledge of such donations. Mr Yabsley was asked by the ABC’s Four Corners program whether he knew prohibited donors… Source: Former ... Read More »

Rohingya Muslim shot dead by police in mass escape from Thai detention centre

Thai police shoot dead a Rohingya man from Myanmar during a mass escape from an immigration camp, police say.. Police Lieutenant Colonel Noppadon Rakchart said 21 Rohingya fled the Phangnga Immigration Detention Centre at about 1:00am after sawing through an iron bar in their communal cell… Source: Rohingya Muslim shot dead by police in mass escape from Thai detention centre – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Editors vs judges: which right is supreme – press freedom or privacy?

Newspapers rage against judgment that endorses the injunction preventing them from identifying a celebrity involved in a three-way sexual encounter.. “Be you never so high, the law is above you.” When that term was coined in 1733, there was no electronic communication, let alone the internet. Within the jurisdiction of the English courts, the law was supreme. Every citizen, whether politician or journalist, was subject to the rule of law… Source: Editors vs judges: which right is supreme – press ... Read More »

Unaoil fixer paid bribes under nose of FBI

A middleman who received millions of dollars from Unaoil — a Monaco-based firm now at the center of an international bribery scandal — in return for improperly influencing officials in U.S.-occupied Iraq was also operating businesses in America. He did all this under the nose of the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI — for years, without getting caught… Source: Unaoil fixer paid bribes under nose of FBI Read More »

Bull spearing outlawed by Spanish regional government

Decision by Castile and León authorities could end killing of bulls by horsemen at annual Toro de la Vega festival.. A regional government in Spain has outlawed the killing of bulls at town festivals in a measure that could stop the animals being speared to death at one of the country’s goriest summer events… Source: Bull spearing outlawed by Spanish regional government | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Comment: Let’s not rest until the death penalty is a thing of the past around the world

In a sane world, shouldn’t the right to life trump political expediency? Apparently not: given the addiction of some countries to the death penalty, and the possible re-introduction of capital punishment by some of our neighbours in the region… Source: Comment: Let’s not rest until the death penalty is a thing of the past around the world | SBS News Read More »

Judge says WA is worst in world for meth

A senior judge says levels of ice use in WA are among the worst in the civilised world and are a sign that the so-called war on drugs has been lost.. During a sentencing hearing of a meth dealer in the District Court yesterday, Judge Philip McCann said the State’s ice epidemic was “a national and international disgrace”, caused by Chinese drug cartels targeting the WA economy when it was booming… Source: Judge says WA is worst in world for ... Read More »

Australia ‘talking rubbish’ about breaking people smugglers’ business model, lawyer says

A human rights lawyer in Sri Lanka accuses Australia of breaching international obligations over the recent return of a group of asylum seekers.. Lakshan Dias is representing some of the 12 men, women and children who reached the Cocos-Keeling Islands in early May and were subsequently flown back to the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo… Source: Australia ‘talking rubbish’ about breaking people smugglers’ business model, lawyer says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »