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Posted by edelegal | 29 October 2018| Blog

Coercing someone into marrying another for some financial or societal benefit is illegal.   In April of this year, three young women in Sheffield became subject to Forced Marriage Protection Orders. This case highlights the how embedded this type of offending is in some parts of England and Wales, particularly concerning young girls.   Various...

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Posted by edelegal | 24 October 2018| Blog

There are two distinct criminal offences, one of harassment putting people in fear of violence and one without. Stalking is a similar but separate offence and is not covered in this article.   What does it involve?   There has to be a course of conduct involving as little as two incidents against another person...

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Posted by edelegal | 23 October 2018| Blog

The 2015 documentary series Making a Murderer follows the story of two men from Wisconsin who were convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering a woman.   One of the convicted was an impressionable teenager called Brendan Dassey. Dassey’s conviction was overturned in 2016 (confirmed on appeal in 2017) on the basis that his ‘confession’ to...

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Posted by edelegal | 15 October 2018| Blog

Prosecuting those who publish obscene articles (an offence under section 2 of the Obscene Publications Act 1959) is hardly prudish, despite what certain commentators would argue.   The maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment will frequently be warranted for activities which have disturbing and harmful knock-on effects.   Laws of this type remind us that...

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Posted by edelegal | 11 October 2018| Blog

You may have heard about ‘texts’ or a ‘Brown envelope to the Judge’, some of the names for the old system.   If you helped the police a ‘text’ may be handed to the sentencing judge explaining that you had assisted and a reduction in sentence may have followed. It was a murky world, clouded...

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Posted by edelegal | 08 October 2018| Blog

A solicitor is there to help advise you on the law, to guide you through difficult times, explain, advise and represent you. But who tells us what to do and ensures that you receive a proper service?   The Solicitors Regulation Authority   The SRA regulate solicitors and law firms in England and Wales, but...

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Posted by edelegal | 03 October 2018| Blog

Section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010 makes it an offence for a company to bribe another with the intent of obtaining or retaining business or to gain an advantage in business.   The first conviction after trial for an offence under this section was that of Skansen Interiors Ltd who were convicted of failing...

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Posted by edelegal | 01 October 2018| Blog

The case of Tommy Robinson, or to give him his real name, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, has brought this issue into the public eye, but what is it all about?   What is contempt of court?   The interesting thing about contempt of court is the many ways in which it can be committed. It can be...

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Posted by edelegal | 26 September 2018| Blog

A few years ago, the National Probation Service was split into two. The exiSting service maintained its supervision of high-risk offenders, mainly those serving lengthy sentences or with complex rehabilitation needs, the remaining offenders, by far the vast majority, are supervised by companies which bid to carry out rehabilitation work, with payment mechanisms often linked...

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Posted by edelegal | 24 September 2018| Blog

The answer is sometimes, but not always.   Two years ago, Nottinghamshire Police decided to label misogyny and offences targeting women as hate crime or hate incidents. Two local universities recently undertook a report entitled “The Misogyny Hate Crime Evaluation” report which recommends rolling out the policy nationally.   Misogyny hate crime is defined as...

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