It being a law blog, I should shoehorn a bit of law into the Advent calendar – so, first up, legal history in the making as the judge in the Assange bail application today permits live tweeting of the proceedings. Freelance troublemaker, reporter, author, Heather Brooke (her description of herself on Twitter!) is live tweeting from the Assange bail application today, as is Times correspondent Alexi Mostrous
Head of Legal blogger, Carl Gardner, notes that I did a podcast with him on Assange yesterday.
Convicted judge swears and walks out of court
The Independent: A judge swore and stormed out of court today when she was convicted of failing to control her dangerous dog.
Judge Beatrice Bolton, of Rothbury, Northumberland, strode out when the verdict was announced, branding the decision “a f****** travesty”.
The 57-year-old was found guilty by a judge sitting at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court of allowing her pet German Shepherd to bite 20-year-old Frederick Becker, her neighbour.
Judge Bolton was heard yelling “I’ll never set foot in a court again” from outside the courtroom.
Judge Bolton, who was asked by the court usher during the two-day-trial to stop chewing gum, had denied a single charge under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Well well…. somewhat unusual behaviour by a judge – chewing gum?…in court? Whatever next?
The floggers, hangers and honourable members who probably cannot wait for water cannons to be deployed against sundry students and anarchists are not happy with Ken Clarke, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice….
Tory pack rounds on Ken Clarke
You don’t always have to agree with people to recognise their value. And if Tory sectarians can’t see the point of Clarke, they will be in trouble sooner rather than later…..
UK’s first Twitter law firm launched
One of the country’s top legal entrepreneurs has launched the UK’s first Twitter Law firm, giving free legal advice on individual cases that have been tweeted to him in just 140 characters.
Nicholas Jervis, who was a solicitor for 14 years before founding marketing firm Loyalty Law, set up Twitter Firm @thelegaloracle, in a bid to make the law accessible to thousands of Brits who find the legal process too complicated and intimidating.
Student fees protest: lawyers launch legal challenge to kettling
Guardian: Kettling breaches human rights, lawyers for five student fees demonstrators tell Metropolitan police commissioner
Apparently, there are plans for students to kettle police in their lair at Scotland Yard… or did I just take too much of the juice of the gods last night and imagine or dream this?
Youth crime has fallen, report suggests
The Law Society Gazette reports….. I don’t watch X Factor, but I do enjoy the manic tweets on Twitter about it under the #xfactor hashtag and have come to the conclusion that it would be interesting to know if the crime rate dropped during the X Factor show…nothing would surprise me.
And… if you are not Assanged out…. do have a listen to the two podcasts I have done on Assange and Wikileaks with Mark Stephens (Julian Assange’s lawyer) and Carl Gardner.
My Thanks to Accident Advice Helpline who are now sponsoring my free law materials for students on Insite Law magazine
And Bail is granted to Assange on conditions… next hearing 11th January. Alan Rusbridger, Guardian editor, tweets that prosecutors have two hours to appeal bail decision…