Murders in Marseilles: Prime Minister to Meet Mayor

The Prime Minister of France, Jean-Marc Ayrault, is travelling Marseilles to meet with leaders there to discuss the security situation. A spate of drug-related murders have plagued the Mediterranean port over the last three years with the most recent shooting involving 40 bullets fired from Kalashnikov rifles. France’s central government has refused to send in … Read more Murders in Marseilles: Prime Minister to Meet Mayor

Gary Dobson and David Norris Found Guilty of Stephen Lawrence Murder

Two men were convicted of the murder of Stephen Lawrence at the Old Bailey in London on 3rd January 2012. The murder of Mr Lawrence took place at Eltham in South London in 1993. Gary Dobson and David Norris, now 36 and 35, were 17 and 16 at the time of the attack. They were … Read more Gary Dobson and David Norris Found Guilty of Stephen Lawrence Murder

Amanda Knox Acquitted of Murder of Meredith Kercher

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito have both been cleared of the murder of Meredith Kercher following an appeal against their conviction. Rudy Guede remains in prison and his conviction is unaffected. Amanda Knox’s conviction for defamation was upheld though she was freed because of time already served. The case has been closely followed internationally by … Read more Amanda Knox Acquitted of Murder of Meredith Kercher

Momčilo Perišić Sentenced to 27 Years for Role in Sarajevo and Srebrenica Attacks

Momčilo Perišić has been sentenced to 27 years in prison by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Mr Perišić was found guilty by the tribunal of of aiding and abetting murders, inhumane acts, persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, and attacks on civilians in Sarajevo and Srebrenica. He was also found guilty … Read more Momčilo Perišić Sentenced to 27 Years for Role in Sarajevo and Srebrenica Attacks

Crime Prevention in Kenya – Making the Police More Effective and Accountable

Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA) is collaborating with the United States International University (USIU) with the support of the Open Society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA) to hold a six-day seminar series on crime prevention in Kenya. “Dealing with crime and insecurity remains a key concern for government. I believe that the deliberations of the … Read more Crime Prevention in Kenya – Making the Police More Effective and Accountable

Colorado Intercepts Gambling Winnings for Court Ordered Restitution

In the State of Colorado, United States, the Department of Revenue will now begin intercepting gambling winnings of more than $1,200 for those who owe court-ordered restitution to crime victims. Casino and racetrack winnings have already been targeted since 2008 for the recovery of child support payments. Louisiana and Indiana followed the example of Colorado … Read more Colorado Intercepts Gambling Winnings for Court Ordered Restitution

Children’s Evidence in Criminal Proceedings – Experts Call for UK Reforms

On 14th – 15th April 2011, Law Professor John Spencer and Psychology Professor Michael Lamb hosted a two-day conference in Cambridge focused on children’s evidence in criminal proceedings.   The conference was prompted in part by reactions to the 2009 trial in which a four and a half-year-old girl was required to appear in the Old … Read more Children’s Evidence in Criminal Proceedings – Experts Call for UK Reforms

Judge Alphons Orie Allows Prosecution to Partially Amend Ratko Mladić Indictment

The judge presiding over the case against against alleged Serbian war criminal Ratko Mladić has allowed the prosecution to partially alter the indictment against him. The prosecution moved to alter several geographic locations and time frames mentioned in the document on 10th May. Judge Alphons Orie granted the motion in part. The judge allowed for … Read more Judge Alphons Orie Allows Prosecution to Partially Amend Ratko Mladić Indictment

Crime: The Emergence of an Exceptional Penal Rationale

Jonathan Simon is the Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law at UC Berkeley and the Leverhulme Visiting Professor of Law at Edinburgh University. On 24th February he gave a lecture at Cambridge University entitled: “Total incapacitation: the emergence of an exceptional penal rationale and its consequences for imprisonment”. He is the author of  “Governing through … Read more Crime: The Emergence of an Exceptional Penal Rationale

King Tutankhamun Statues Missing After Egypt Unrest

It has been reported that 18 artefacts, including statues of King Tutankhamunare missing from the Egyptian Museum.  It is thought intruders broke into the Museum and stole the artefacts. The head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr Zahi Hawass, said the missing objects include 11 wooden shabti statuettes from Yuya, a gilded wooden statue of … Read more King Tutankhamun Statues Missing After Egypt Unrest

USA: Court Subpoenaed Twitter Over Wikileaks User Details

A District Court in Virginia, USA, subpoenaed the popular social networking and microblogging website, Twitter, for the details of a number of individuals connected with Wikileaks, it has emerged this week. The court issued an Order on 14 December for the details of several persons responsible for elements of the Wikileaks website. The Order, which … Read more USA: Court Subpoenaed Twitter Over Wikileaks User Details

UK: Former MP David Chaytor Jailed For False Expenses Claims

A former UK Member of Parliament for Bury North, David Chaytor, has been handed out an 18 month jail sentence today for making false expenses claims between 2005 and 2007. Chaytor made claims for rent on properties owned by members of his family, as well as making fraudulent claims for IT consultancy. The former MP … Read more UK: Former MP David Chaytor Jailed For False Expenses Claims

Gaming: 17 Year Old Arrested for Call of Duty Cyber Attack

A 17 year old in Greater Manchester area of the UK has been arrested under the English Computer Misuse Act after used software known as “Phenom Booter” to initiate a Denial of Service attack on the online version of the Call of Duty game. Software developers, Activision, discovered the attack and reported the IP address … Read more Gaming: 17 Year Old Arrested for Call of Duty Cyber Attack

Third Australian Soldier Charged in Afghanistan Manslaughter Case

The Australian Director of Military Prosecutions has advised that a third member of the Australian Defence Force has been served with charges in relation to an incident that occurred on 12th February 2009 in Afghanistan. The Director of Military Prosecutions is an independent prosecuting authority for the Australian Defence Force, who was appointed as a … Read more Third Australian Soldier Charged in Afghanistan Manslaughter Case