News Round-Up Week Ending 5.9.14
By Geir Madland on 04/09/14Share:
Hand It Over!
In the US, two death row inmates have been released from prison after more than 30 years. Leon Brown and Henry McCollum, 15 and 19 at the time of their arrest in 1983, were cleared of rape and murder after new DNA anlaysis of old exhibits absolved them. A positive match was instead found with a known sex offender from the same small town, living just feet away from where 11-year-old Sabrina Buie’s body was found.
David Cameron has acknowledged that removing passports from jihadists would contravene both international and UK common law. His plan to stop British citizens re-entering the UK, and render them stateless, is a non-starter.
“It is abhorrent that people who declare their allegiance elsewhere can return to the United Kingdom and pose a threat to our national security,” the powerless PM told MPs. “It absolutely sticks in the craw.”
Lawyers have criticised British authorities for their treatment of Ashya King’s parents, after Brett and Naghmeh King took the five-year-old from a Southampton hospital to Spain.
Cuts Hurt Kids
Following Legal Aid cuts, the increase in estranged couples representing themselves in family courts is affecting children, according to former judge, Crispin Masterman.
In Wales, the number of individuals representing themselves nearly doubled from 2,574 in 2012/13 to 4,920 in 2013/14.