I am not referring to the journalist, Martin Bell, who stood for Parliament some years ago but to a solicitor who had an office close to West London Magistrates Court. This was before it moved to being in the shadow of the Hammersmith Flyover. I had only just started working for another local solicitor’s practice as the second string advocate, when the outdoor clerk, a Welsh lady who liked a drink or two or may be three, told me I needed to meet Bob.
‘He’s really good looking, and single,’ she said acknowledging my own status. And so he was, six feet tall, a mop of dark hair and a sonorous voice with just a trace of an accent I recognised as being like my own. He was one of the many Lancastrians who had moved to London hoping to make their fortune in the big city.
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A few years ago the CPS advertised for lawyers who would see the case from “cradle to grave”. The advertisement showed a lawyer one step behind the police as they burst in through the door of the suspect’s house and then showed the same lawyer representing the Crown before the Crown Court Judge. The sort of lawyer that Emma Thompson would play in a film.
The idea of case ownership is laudable. That a lawyer should have overall control of the case from start to finish has obvious benefits. Decisions are made early, issues are refined and the trial process is more efficient. It is true for both sides, prosecution and defence.
It is such an important aspect of the Criminal Justice System that it is catered for in the Criminal Procedure Rules. Rule 3.19 of the CrPR requires the defence to notify the court of the identity of the…
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U.S. agents carry boxes of evidence from the headquarters of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, on May 27, 2015, in Miami Beach, Florida. The raid was part of an international investigation into alleged corruption. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
By Paul Radford
I can vividly remember the day, more than a quarter of a century ago now, when I felt my job as sports reporter had transformed into fiction writer.
I had just witnessed one of the most astonishing performances of the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.
Glamorous American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner, known widely as “Flo-Jo”, smashed the women’s 200 meters world record in the semi-finals and yet again in the final in the same afternoon, running so far ahead of the world class field in each race she appeared to be the only athlete taking part.
My reaction, and that of just about all my press…
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Australia has kept the Great Barrier Reef from being listed as endangered after Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s government boosted efforts to protect the World Heritage site and popular tourist destination.
Scientific or forensic evidence are usually reliable most of the time—or at least it should be. However, this was apparently not the case when it came to the FBI’s hair analysis process. According to the Washington Post, “The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.”
268 trials were reviewed and revealed that in a whopping 95 percent of those trials, 26 out of 28 examiners have overstated forensic matches so that it heavily favored the prosecutors. This means that, most likely, there were truly innocent people that were convicted and sent to prison with the help of these false testimonies.
Norman MacArthur, 74, (left) and Bill Novak, 76, were married in Pennsylvania on Sunday. The couple, who has been together since their 20s, registered as domestic partners in New York City in 1994, but in 2000, they moved to Erwinna, Pennsylvania, where domestic partnerships are not legally recognized. “When we moved to Pennsylvania, we had both retired and we were of the age where one begins to do estate planning,” MacArthur tells Yahoo Parenting. “We went to a lawyer who told us Pennsylvania was never going to allow same-sex marriage, so the only legal avenue we had in order to be afforded any rights was adoption.”
MacArthur says he thought the suggestion was strange at first. “It struck me as fairly unusual, but we…
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