What would happen to Brock Turner in an English criminal court?

On 18 January 2015, Brock Allen Turner committed a series of serious sexual assaults against an unconscious woman on an American university campus. Two graduate students at Stanford University saw the 20-year old Turner lying on top of the motionless victim behind a dumpster. Her underwear and bra had been partially removed, and Turner was…

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Is Katie Hopkins on the verge of committing a criminal offence punishable with life imprisonment?

There is a risk inherent in writing about professional trolls that you serve only to ladle extra righteous indignation into their feeding troughs. It is for such reason that I set myself a strict biannual ration when blogging about Philip Davies MP. However, the overwhelming public interest in preventing – or, if by publication the horse has…

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You call this justice? On yer bike

Since this blog was ill-advisedly conceived 10 months ago, I have directed a handful of pot shots towards a variety of people. The media – the Metro and the BBC are notable recidivists in poor legal reporting – MPs, magistrates, the CPS, the Ministry of Justice, and more recently, albeit a fight not of my…

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Why was this crucial evidence hidden from the jury?

Today is for obvious reasons a dark day, and I don’t wish to dim the light further by dwelling unnecessarily on tragedy. But, while it’s still doing the rounds in news cycles, just a brief word, if I may, on the “revelations” that have been published in the wake of the conviction of Clayton Williams…

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Has Philip Davies MP just proposed the stupidest law of all time?

I’ve heard some stupid ideas in my time. The proposed “sentence escalator” is a classic, providing that “any person convicted of the same criminal offence on more than one occasion must receive a longer custodial sentence for the second or subsequent offence than his longest previous sentence for the same offence” – regardless of the facts…

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Joint Enterprise: Just a few quick things

This morning the Supreme Court handed down judgment in R v Jogee; Ruddock v The Queen [2016] UKSC 8 , and everyone’s mighty excited. This case – dealing with the principles of what is (lazily) referred to in the media as “joint enterprise” – is leading the lunchtime news bulletins and will probably fill up much of the…

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