David Miranda, partner of the former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, has been granted permission to appeal against a ruling that he was lawfully detained under counter-terrorism powers at Heathrow airport. The case – which also involves a challenge to the police seizure of computer material related to the US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden – will now go to the court of appeal. In February, three high court judges – Lord Justice Laws, Mr Justice Ouseley and Mr Justice Openshaw – concluded that Miranda's detention at Heathrow under schedule 7 to the Terrorism 2000 Act in last summer was legal, proportionate and did not breach European human rights protections of freedom of expression. The judgment stated that Miranda, a Brazilian national, was stopped in transit between Berlin and Rio de Janeiro after meeting the film-maker Laura Poitras. He had been carrying encrypted files, including an external hard drive containing 58,000 highly … [Read more...] about David Miranda allowed to appeal against ruling on Heathrow detention
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The state of Alabama has just enacted a sweeping ban on a woman's right to choose abortion in clear and willful violation of Roe v. Wade. It exempts only women whose health would be placed in serious danger by carrying to full term, and it imposes life imprisonment on doctors who follow their Hippocratic oath by providing needed medical services. If the goal of this benighted legislation is to get the Supreme Court to reverse its decision in Roe v. Wade, it will likely backfire. Opponents of the law will challenge it in Federal District Court. A district court judge has no choice but to apply Roe v. Wade because that is the current law, and district court judges are bound by Supreme Court precedents. The same is true for the United States Court of Appeals. So the law will likely be struck down by the district court and that decision will be upheld by the court of appeals. The state of Alabama will then seek a writ of certiorari —a discretionary decision that requires four … [Read more...] about Dershowitz: Why the Alabama Abortion Bill Will Fail to Overthrow Roe v. Wade | Opinion
Rarely can a modern-day judge have stirred as much controversy as Spain's Baltasar Garzon.To some he is a crusading hero, taking on dictators and terrorists on behalf of the world's oppressed.To others he is a left-wing busybody obsessed with self-promotion.While he was pursuing foreigners with questionable human rights records, the criticism directed at him was mainly just that - criticism.But by delving into Spain's own murky past, he provoked more strident opposition, and he was charged with over-reaching his judicial powers.He has now been convicted of ordering police to carry out an illegal wire-tapping operation and faces an 11-year suspension from practising law.He cannot appeal against the decision and his career as a judge could now be over.'Changed the world'Until he was suspended in 2010 because of the case against him, Mr Garzon served as one of six investigating judges for Spain's National Court which, like many other European countries, operates an inquisitorial system as … [Read more...] about Profile: Judge Baltasar Garzon
By Dr Raj Persaud and Dr Helinä Häkkänen-Nyholm Every minute one case of Domestic Violence is reported to the police in the United Kingdom. This often hidden crime is frequently 'normalised' or made light of, by perpetrators. Such attempts should be vigorously resisted by society at large, not least because of how it can end; in England and Wales, on average two women are murdered every week by a partner. Dr Ursula Klopfstein of the Bern University of Applied Sciences, and Dr Marie-Claude Hofner, University Center of Legal Medicine, Lausanne, Switzerland, recently revealed how common the brutality of domestic violence is. Source: Raj Persaud Writing in the 'Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences', they quote figures of domestic violence accounting for 16% of all violent crime in the UK, affecting one in four women in their lifetime. Domestic Violence has the highest rate of repeated victimization. More than one-third of the victims have been victimized more than once. … [Read more...] about Does Psychology Reveal Why Women Stay With Abusive Men?
This article first appeared on Verdict. In the wake of the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, initial reactions from lawmakers followed a familiar pattern. Democrats (and others) who support stricter gun control pointed to the killer's easy access to firearms, while Republicans (and others) who oppose stricter gun control objected that it would be inappropriate to use the tragedy for political ends. That response in turn led gun control advocates to ask rhetorically, as they have in the past, when would be the right time to talk about gun control. A sense of déjà vu prevailed. Yet after authorities determined that shooter Stephen Paddock had used "bump stocks"—devices that reflect the recoil from a semi-automatic rifle against the shooter's shoulder back into his trigger finger in order to simulate the action of a fully automatic rifle—the debate took a surprising turn. Long-time opponents of stricter gun control indicated an openness to new legislation … [Read more...] about Gun Control: Can Congress Outlaw Bump Stocks?