Archive for the 'intimidation' Category

Berezovsky v Abramovich – WLR Daily

Berezovsky v Abramovich [2011] EWCA Civ 153; [2011] WLR (D) 59

“A claimant who applied for permission to amend his particulars of claim by reframing the loss allegedly suffered as a result of the commission of a tort was not seeking to make a new claim involving the addition or substitution of a new cause of action within the meaning of section 35 of the Limitation Act 1980.”

WLR Daily, 25th February 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Regina v Twomey and others (No 2) – WLR Daily

Regina v Twomey and others (No 2) [2011] EWCA Crim 8; [2011] WLR (D) 10

“The question whether a trial should proceed as a trial by judge and jury or trial by judge alone was concerned exclusively with the mode of trial, and the process of deciding whether the guilt of the defendant was established was entirely distinct from the question of how the tribunal responsible for making that decision was constituted.”

WLR Daily, 21st January 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Bolton firebomb threat man bailed and on the run again – BBC News

“Prosecutors are under fire for not challenging the bail of a man who admitted witness intimidation only for him to go on the run for a second time.”

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BBC News, 28th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man jailed for brutal drug murder – The Independent

“A drug addict was sentenced to life in prison today for murdering a ‘vulnerable’ and ‘much loved’ father-of-three in a ‘vicious and brutal’ attack.”

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The Independent, 13th May 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Heathrow robbery trial breaks with 400-year tradition of trial by jury – The Guardian

“The first criminal trial without a jury to take place in England and Wales in more than 400 years begins on Tuesday after lawyers’ legal challenges were exhausted.”

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The Guardian, 10th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prison psychologist ‘found dismembered Barbie dolls by her car’ – Daily Telegraph

“A prison psychologist found dismembered Barbie dolls lying next to her car as part of a campaign of intimidation to drive her out of her job, a tribunal has heard.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th December 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina v Twomey (John); Regina v Blake (Peter); Regina v Cameron (Glen); Regina v Hibberd (Barry) – Times Law Reports

Regina v Twomey (John); Regina v Blake (Peter); Regina v Cameron (Glen); Regina v Hibberd (Barry)

Court of Appeal

“A defendant’s right to a fair trial was not prejudiced by holding a criminal trial without a jury, where the danger of jury tampering was very significant and was not sufficiently addressed by proposed protective measures.”

The Times, 25th June 2009

Source; www.timesonline.co.uk

R v T; R v B; R v C; R v H – WLR Daily

R v T; R v B; R v C; R v H [2009] EWCA Crim 1035; [2009] WLR (D) 19

“A criminal trial without a jury did not contravene a defendant’s right to a fair trial where there was a real danger of jury tampering and proposed measures to prevent such interference did not sufficiently address the extent of the risk. On an application by the prosecution for a trial to be conducted without a jury in such circumstances the evidence should be disclosed to the fullest extent possible, but there would be cases where the evidence to demonstrate the risk of jury tampering would be so sensitive that it could only be addressed under public immunity interest principles and it would be contrary to the legislative purpose to make an order for disclosure which would, in effect, bring the prosecution to an end and enable those who had been involved in jury tampering to derail the trial.”

WLR Daily, 19th June 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Commentary: a long history of jury ‘nobbling’ – The Times

“Jury intimidation or ‘nobbling’ is not new; it has been going on for centuries. It was a series of attempts to intimidate jurors that led to the introduction of majority verdicts in the Criminal Justice Act 1967, so that there could be a conviction even if one or two jurors disagreed.”

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The Times, 19th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Jack Straw faces questions over alleged intimidation by police killer Harry Roberts – Daily Telegraph

“The Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, is facing calls to explain how one of Britain’s most notorious murderers allegedly terrorised a crucial witness from prison.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th April 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Army victims’ lawyer ‘had death threats’ – The Independent

“MoD accused of waging ‘black propaganda’ campaign against human rights activists.”

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The Independent, 7th February 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The Wall of Silence – BBC Law in Action

“What can the police and courts do when witnesses are too scared to testify – especially to the most violent of crimes?”

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BBC Law in Action, 10th June 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Cases to decide if police are liable for damages – The Times

“A test case being heard in the House of Lords this week will decide when the police should pay damages if they fail to protect a witness or others who are subsequently killed or harmed.”

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The Times, 22nd May 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Police contest liability in death threat cases – The Guardian

“Two police forces are fighting attempts to hold them legally liable for failing to protect the victims of death threats in an important human rights hearing which starts today in the Lords.”

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The Guardian, 19th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Abramovich and Berezovsky begin £2bn legal battle over disputed assets – The Independent

“A £2bn legal tussle between Britain’s two most high-profile Russian oligarchs which began with a skirmish in a Hermes boutique reached the High Court yesterday with claims that the entire case revolved around an unrecorded oral agreement as they haggled over the sale of former Soviet assets.”

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The Independent, 19th April 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Judge may sit alone in drugs case deemed too dangerous for a jury – The Times

“Prosecutors plan to apply this week to hold a major criminal trial without a jury for the first time. The step is being taken because of concerns that jurors assigned to the case – which involves members of an organised criminal network – would be vulnerable to intimidation or bribery.”

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The Times, 11th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk


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