Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Weekly News

Legal News

Independent Insurance founder jailed for seven years for fraud
Michael Bright, the former chief executive of Independent Insurance has been sentenced to seven years for committing fraud that helped cause the collapse of the company. CPD Webinars

Employers face prosecution over crashes involving company car drivers
Companies that fail to make sure that their employees drive safely face prosecution under a new campaign by police to reduce the 1,000 fatal crashes a year involving work vehicles. Times

Lover wins court fight with dead tycoon's son
The lover of a wealthy businessman who committed suicide before fulfilling his promise to marry her on the Queen Mary 2 cruiseliner yesterday won a High Court battle with his family over his £3 million fortune. Telegraph

Councillor who offered staff paid Christmas shopping leave to prevent ‘skiving’ sacked
A councillor at Leicestershire County Council has been sacked for offering workers a fully paid afternoon off to do their Christmas shopping. Personnel Today

Senior judge calls for trust in jury system
Britain’s most senior judge has called for judges and the legal system to place more trust in the common sense of juries. Times

Disability qualification launched
The first qualification in disability awareness has been launched to help employers comply with disability legislation. HR Zone

Best of the Blogs

Jury service: should the Government turn the clock back?
Frances Gibb asks - do people in the legal profession influence the juries on which they sit and does having a police officer or lawyer make that jury less impartial? Times

ConspiracyTheories
BabyB takes on his next challenge. Baby Barista at the Times

Me and the Mob
It isn't often I get to arrest Real Criminals. In fact, I am not sure I have ever actually arrested a Real Criminal at all. PC Bloggs lists the signs that identify Real Criminals. PC Bloggs

Juries - Do we need them?
Brian St Louis and Nichola Higgins give their opinion on juries and the Bar Quality Advisory Panel. Bar Council Blog

'Convergence' is not an excuse to regulate the internet
The line between old and new media is becoming increasingly blurred. So why not do away with broadcast regulation altogether? asks Graham Smith. Times

'I spend my days preparing for life, not for death'
The former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal has spent 25 years on death row in the United States - despite strong evidence that he is innocent. In his first British interview, he talks to Laura Smith about life in solitary, how he has remained politically active, and why the Panthers are still relevant today. Guardian

And Finally...

Thief unstuck after cement mixer escape
A thief caught shoplifting in Germany failed to grasp the concept of a quick getaway when he jumped into a cement mixer to try to flee the scene of his crime. Sky

Widow sentenced to eternity with in-laws
A widow who does not want to be buried with her parents-in-law has failed in her attempt to have her husband's ashes dug up. Telegraph

Victims make burglar clean their house
A couple in the United States knew exactly what to do with the burglar they caught ransacking their home. They made him clean up - at gunpoint. Sky

Hitch hits mobile phone funeral
The family of a Montenegrin man whose dying wish was to be buried with his mobile phone are to dig him up again after discovering they had forgotten the SIM card. Ananova

Weird and wonderful foreign phrases
English is a rich and wonderful language - but sometimes it's just not good enough... Mirror

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